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NFLPA email says owners proposal could be illegal

Posted on: July 21, 2011 10:30 pm
Edited on: July 22, 2011 12:16 am
 
Posted by Ryan Wilson

The NFLPA sent out two emails Thursday -- one from Executive Director DeMaurice Smith after the owners voted to approve the new collective bargaining agreement, and another from Richard Berthelsen, of the NFLPA legal team, that was made public after the conference call between Smith and the 32 player representatives.

The second email called into question several issues, chief among them that the NFLPA recertify as a union within a predetermined time period.

Details of the email via NFL Network's Albert Breer:

"In addition to depriving the players of the time needed to consider forming a union and making needed changes to the old agreement, this proposed procedure would in my view also violate federal labor laws," the email read. "Those laws prohibit employers from coercing their employees into forming a union, and could result in any agreement reached through the procedure being declared null and void."

NFL Network legal analyst Gabe Feldman spoke Thursday night about the NFLPA's concerns.

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"It's not only pegging the date, but it's making a deal contingent on the reforming of a union," Feldman said. "Which would be management pressuring employees to form a union -- which is illegal. You can't, as an employer, force or coerce your employers to form a union. …

"The [NFLPA] worried, I think … [that the owners' agreement says] they will recertify by July 27. And the deal's contingent on that, and the players have said all along, 'We'll recertify when we're ready to recertify."

Feldman offered a possible resolution, one that doesn't require the NFLPA to recertify by next Wednesday.

"Here's a way it can work out: Instead of [the NFL] saying we won't open up camps on July 27 unless [the NFLPA] recertifies, say 'We will open up camps, we will start the league year, conditioned on at some point you recertify.' It doesn't have to be by July 27."

For now, just like the previous 128 days, we wait.

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Since: Oct 12, 2008
Posted on: July 22, 2011 5:14 pm
 

NFLPA email says owners proposal could be illegal

you're absolutely correct. I've been in unions where you received a 4 percent raise over 3 years. Maybe the players would like to follow that scenario. I can't think of one company where the workers get 48% of the business. So let the players come out into the real world and get  a job.




Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: July 22, 2011 3:07 pm
 

NFLPA email says owners proposal could be illegal

De Smith needs to get the union lawyers to research this first---it's likely illegal.  Plus, the lawyers for brees, manning and brady will not sign off on this until the owners change some terms.

I don't think people quite understand what's going on here.  If this continues for much longer, there will be no NFL season.   If the players continue to dick around with their delays and force the league to cancel a couple pre-season games, that might be the beginning of the end for the upcoming season.  The pre-season games create about 200 million per week in revenue.... does anybody think it's even possible th players delay, cost the owners 2 or 4 or 600 million dollars and then ask the owners to sign the new CBA a second time?  Not gonna happen boys... if the players cost the owners the owners will want the CBA revised so the players take part of the hit as well....

In my opinion if the players don't recertify and sign this agreement by July 27th, the entire season could be in jeopardy.....



Since: Jul 22, 2011
Posted on: July 22, 2011 1:48 pm
 

NFLPA email says owners proposal could be illegal




Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: July 22, 2011 1:37 pm
 

illegal deal

De Smith needs to get the union lawyers to research this first---it's likely illegal.  Plus, the lawyers for brees, manning and brady will not sign off on this until the owners change some terms.



Since: Jun 19, 2007
Posted on: July 22, 2011 12:07 pm
 

NFLPA email says owners proposal could be illegal

Just like Baseball in 95 the NFL is going to go from a top sports draw to what???  At least the NBA is worse I guess.  Im tired of the players...im tired of the owners.  I could care less if there is a NFL season.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: July 22, 2011 11:54 am
 

NFLPA email says owners proposal could be illegal

F%#k you players... Name another business where the employees / workers get 48% of the profit and yet they still complain. It's amazing to me how greedy people can be...  This isn't a matter of the players being able to feed their kids, it's simply a matter of whether they will be able to afford the 100ft yacht or the 150ft yacht. I don't care if they get an agreeement done, i'm happy with college football. 



Since: Mar 8, 2010
Posted on: July 22, 2011 11:46 am
 

NFLPA email says owners proposal could be illegal

Of course the owners stated that the union needs to reform.  There is no way that the owners are going to allow themselves to be sued left and right for anti-trust laws because the union won't reform.  There would be no stopping unsigned players from suing because of collusion.  There would be no stopping drafted rookies to sue because they were not given the right to sign with any team they wanted.  There could not be a cap and there could not be a floor.

There would be lawsuits every day because it would be to easy to sue them with the way they run business.  The great thing about the NFL is the parity that they have and that any team, big market or small, is competing on the same level.  That is why baseball isn't the national past time.  Sometimes small market clubs make it because of a great farm system or talent, but then lose it because they can't compete with teams like the Yankees and Red Sox because they don't have the tickets sales or tv revenue that they have.

If the NFL became like MLB, teams like the Packers, Chiefs, Seahawks, Cardinals and others would become afterthoughts to teams like the Giants, Patriots, Cowboys and Jets that could have a lot more income by having there own TV contracts and there own ways of generating more money.  How soon do you think it would be before the Giants had there own station like the Yankees.

The big market teams would dominate most years, just like in baseball, and that would be the end of the greatest sport in the US.


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