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Lockout payments start this week

Posted on: April 10, 2011 8:23 pm
Edited on: April 10, 2011 9:45 pm

The former union has sent out notices to eligible players informing them their lockout payments start this coming week, several agents told

Beginning this Friday, eligible players will received $10,000 a month from the emergency fund and those payments will continue every 15th day of the month through September for a total of $60,000, a memo to players states.

Here's the catch: the players must fill out the paperwork or they don't get the money.

The fact the former union is distributing the lockout fund now as opposed to later, say, in the fall, says a great deal. The union is gambling the lockout and labor strife will end sooner rather than later.

It's probably a smart gamble. It appeases players now and keeps them comfortable as mediation and the court proceedings continue.

There is growing belief on both sides that judge Susan Nelson can get both sides to settle their differences through mediation.

Category: NFL
Tags: Labor

Since: Jan 25, 2011
Posted on: April 11, 2011 6:59 am

Lockout payments start this week

It is not the NFL paying the lockout funds, it is the union. This is money that essentially belongs to the players as it is a benefit of what they pay to members of that union. Many years ago (more than 30) I was a member of the United Mine Workers. Each paycheck, union dues were deducted to cover the many associated fees of supporting a union and it's benefits. This would cover a variety of things including stike pay. In the United Auto Workers, to which my brother-in-law was a union official, workers received "sub-pay" from the union when they were laid-off.  This sub-pay was a supplement to unemployment benefits that keep the worker earning about 90% of their regular pay while they were NOT working.

Bottom line, the practice of paying benefit like these is not something new or limited to just the NFLPA. The players pay into the union with every check the earn for just this purpose.

Since: Jan 25, 2011
Posted on: April 11, 2011 6:46 am

Lockout payments start this week

I am certainly not a union guy, but the emergency fund is something they have in their contract. The amount of money the players typically earn are of no consequense when it comes to considering what is essentially union provided unemployment benefits. The number of players who have money to burn is a minority. More than half of the 53-man roster likely lives a lifestyle that is comfortable within their earnings just like you and I (I am assuming by your post that you a regular joe) whose lifestyle is set by the income we earn. What would happen to you and I should our employer tell us not to come to work anymore? How long would we last without having some source of income? 

Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: April 11, 2011 12:56 am

Lockout payments start this week

The minimum salary last year was 325k for rookies, 400k for players with 1 year of experience, and goes up with every year of experience.  I'm thinking that whoever decided to even start an emergency fund for a group of workers that make at absolute minimum 325k a year is completely insane...every single one of those dollars should go to all the workers at the stadiums and other places that would lose out financially if there are games missed.   I'd guess that only a handful of players are elgible for this handout, but I'll bet that a majority of the players that take the money don't really need it, but who turns down free money

Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: April 11, 2011 12:33 am

Lockout payments start this week

Will the plaintiffs Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Drew Brees collect their lockout money?  I would imagine they would not have to fill out paperwork to receive the care package funds.  Will the agents also get their percentage cuts from these payments?  They are probably starving too.

Since: Mar 28, 2011
Posted on: April 10, 2011 10:44 pm

Lockout payments start this week

The owners should sue, and force the players to give up their lockout insurance.

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: April 10, 2011 9:09 pm

Lockout payments start this week

@JJAG -- the "company", i.e. the NFL, is not the one giving the players the money after locking them out.  The NFLPA, the former union, is the one giving the players the money.  I do not know how common that is with other unions during lockouts and strikes but that is the case here.

Since: Jun 22, 2007
Posted on: April 10, 2011 9:07 pm

Lockout payments start this week

It's not the "companies" giving the players money. It's the union (which disbanded) that has an emergency fund. 

Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: April 10, 2011 8:38 pm

Lockout payments start this week

Yeah...the players have it rough.  How many other companies would lock their doors and tell their employees not to come to work...BUT.. we'll give $10K per month anyway.

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