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Report: Retirees to file suit vs NFL, NFLPA

Posted on: July 4, 2011 6:46 pm
Edited on: July 4, 2011 8:35 pm
 
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

As the NFL owners and the NFLPA prepare to return to the negotiating table after the three-day weekend, it seems their lives are doomed to become more complicated. That’s because the The New York Times is reporting that the group of retired players involved in the Brady v. NFL case is set to prepare a complaint against the players and owners.

From the Times:

The class-action complaint, to be filed in Federal District Court in Minneapolis against the teams, the league, the players named in the Brady v. N.F.L. lawsuit and DeMaurice Smith, the head of the N.F.L. Players Association, asserted that the sides were violating antitrust laws by negotiating settlement terms that improperly encompassed the rights of retired players in the time since the N.F.L.P.A. renounced its union status.

The complaint says that the current players and the association, along with the N.F.L., “are conspiring to depress the amounts of pension and disability benefits to be paid to former N.F.L. players in order to maximize the salaries and benefits to current N.F.L. players.”
And it says that while the N.F.L. is willing to commit additional money to retirees from within and outside the league’s salary cap, the union “has insisted that the sum within the salary cap be given to current players instead.”

The complaint will ask Judge Susan Nelson to issue an injunction to halt the talks between the owners and players regarding retired players’ benefits, and it asks for a declaration that the NFLPA cannot represent those retired players in a new CBA settlement or for other litigation.

Basically, the alumni want to represent themselves in these talks.

“We feel we have a seat at the table, but we’re having the chair pulled out from under us,” Michael Hausfeld, the lawyer representing retired players, told the paper. “Both sides are saying, ‘We’ll decide what’s in your best interests.’”

As the Times points out, though, Nelson might be reluctant to add a third party to the mix so late in the negotiations, partially because it seems like the two sides might be closing in on a solution and partially because bringing somebody else to the table might make matters much more complicated.

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Comments

Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: July 4, 2011 9:32 pm
 

Report: Retirees to file suit vs NFL, NFLPA

These guys have absolutely no seat at the table.  Their beef should  be with their own players union of yesteryear, which failed them miserably.  The NFL owners should now pull the $150-$200 million it planned to give these guys off the table.  Give someone an inch, they'll take a mile.  Owners were going to give them something out of goodwill, but these whiners are spitting in their faces.  The judge needs to show them the door.  Welcome to the real world, former players.  That is, the world where middle class America pays through the nose for COBRA "benefits", except that you are in a much better position to pay the premiums, so stop whining.  You made at least 10 times the salary (the poorest among you, that is) that an average Joe makes in a year, but apparently you saved none of it and now want your own bail out.  I guess you feel entitled.



Since: Oct 25, 2008
Posted on: July 4, 2011 8:44 pm
 

Report: Retirees to file suit vs NFL, NFLPA

Maurice and the union (trade association) were until it cut into there piece of the monetary pie.  All of a sudden it looks like every man for themselves




Since: Sep 27, 2009
Posted on: July 4, 2011 7:54 pm
 

Report: Retirees to file suit vs NFL, NFLPA

This complaint makes no sense.

It makes perfect sense if you read the article.

The class-action complaint, to be filed in Federal District Court in Minneapolis against the teams, the league, the players named in the Brady v. N.F.L. lawsuit and DeMaurice Smith, the head of the N.F.L. Players Association, asserted that the sides were violating antitrust laws by negotiating settlement terms that improperly encompassed the rights of retired players in the time since the N.F.L.P.A. renounced its union status.

That makes sense to me. If the players union is no longer in place then Smith shouldn’t be allowed to negotiate with the owners on benefits for former players. They should have a seat at the table and if that means the cancellation of the season so be it.

We have laws for a reason. If everything, or this particular issue, was resolved in the court of public opinion then nothing truly gets resolved.

Peace.




Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: July 4, 2011 7:40 pm
 

Report: Retirees to file suit vs NFL, NFLPA

I would enjoy an additional monkey wrench getting tossed into the act at this stage.  Having had it with both the players and owners, it bothers me not if both groups choke on their millions and billions.




Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: July 4, 2011 7:34 pm
 

Report: Retirees to file suit vs NFL, NFLPA

This complaint maks no sense.  Those former greedy players can sit in the back of the room with their juice boxes whiles the leaders work it out, if you can get anything out of it good for those former players.  Otherwise stop with the insane rights crap, retired is retired.  You didn't go negotiating things in your athletic lifetime, therefore forcing the clown complaint is quite insulting. 

Glad that judge will pwn these now losers.  People tying to fix things in the now PC world, and retired players still have issues.  I get it, you guyses are old and want attention.  It doesn't mean you have to annoying the present deal-makers.



Since: Feb 16, 2010
Posted on: July 4, 2011 7:30 pm
 

Report: Retirees to file suit vs NFL, NFLPA

You have got to be F***ing kidding me... From every report i have read it has sounded like the NFLPA has been fighting for increased benefits for retired players and, again from everything I’ve read, the retires who voiced their opinion on the subject seemed happy with the way things where heading. Now when we are at the possible make or break time for a deal, with the fate of the entire NFL season hanging in the balance, Retires want to essentially throw out all negotiations that have been done thus far and interject a 3rd party to the already overly complicated process of getting a new CBA singed!?!? Seriously I can think of no better way to destroy any possibility of a season than if Judge Nelson grants this injunction.



Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: July 4, 2011 7:27 pm
 

Report: Retirees to file suit vs NFL, NFLPA

What a feakin cluster****!  Gat a deal done losers!

 




Since: Mar 20, 2011
Posted on: July 4, 2011 7:16 pm
 

Report: Retirees to file suit vs NFL, NFLPA

Shut the hell up what you friggin greedy people ever want is money..The more you have the more you want..What about the regular normal work for a living people who make $12/hr...You athletes RETIRED athletes make me want to vomit all over you bastards..If its not one thing its another just be greatful who actually got to do what you did for a living ahhhhhh....


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