NFL files complaint against players' union
February 14th, 2011
09:11 PM ET

NFL files complaint against players' union

The National Football League on Monday filed an unfair labor practice charge against its players' union, claiming the union wants to let the current collective bargaining agreement expire without reaching a new deal, according to

The charge, filed with the National Labor Relations Board, claims that the NFL Players Association isn't bargaining in good faith, and that the union wants to be without a new deal when the current one expires March 3 so that the union can decertify and sue the league under antitrust laws, reported.

NFL team owners could choose to lock out their players starting March 4 if a new deal isn’t reached. Owners and the players' union still would have the spring and summer to get a deal done, but the 2011 season would be threatened if the lockout extends beyond that.

The union said Monday that the NFL's claim "has absolutely no merit."

"The players want a fair, new and long-term deal," the union said in an online statement. "We have offered proposals and solutions on every issue the owners have raised."

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  1. Mani

    So here are a few points and questions..
    1. In the current agreement if a Player is worth more he has plenty of opportunities to lock in a better contract. They get Performance bonuses and have individual salary negotiation clauses or a trade can always be done with a good agent.
    2. In the real world – If I do a good job I get a raise. If I do an excellent job I get a much better raise. I don't ask my Boss what she makes it is not my business. What the Owners make is irrelevant to the Players worth. They are not shareholders. They are hired talent. The Owners Books are not the NFLPA’s business and they will never open them to the players
    3. If they walk out how much do you really think it hurts the owners? TV Contracts for next year are locked. The owners get paid game or no.
    4. Stadium POS purchases will be down but that is easily offset by the salaries not being paid to striking players.
    5. As in every sports walk out the players have no long term bargaining power. They will be back with far less than what they could have gotten without a strike.
    6. I have read in other places how we fans are going to hurt the not buying the $9 beer etc. Do you really think the NFL owners consider that or even the seat price is all that significant when bounced off of no pay to Athletes for a year and secured TV revenue – really?

    February 15, 2011 at 4:16 am | Report abuse |
  2. parker

    Millionaires arguing with millionaires. This is the reality of football and pro sports – money first, money second and most important, more money. I hope there is a strike. It will give men an opportunity to do something on Sundays besides "watching" games all day on TV. Like maybe exercise, work in the yard, spend time doing something besides living vicariously through overpaid and under-intelligent millionaires wrestling on artificial turf.

    February 15, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  3. ScottV

    Dave, I greatly appreciate your explanation. You are right, it is a HUGE concession. But where does the players' money go? Under the proposed plan, each player should get $233,333 from that deal. Does the lineman making $500,000 a year (team salary), get any of the revenue split dollars??? What if he plays 2 seasons getting hit and banged up every play he is on the field, protecting a quarterback making $10 million, and he is forced to retire due to concussions? Would he received any of the split revenue and how much if so??

    February 15, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  4. Fedup

    I'm so sick of ANY sports players complaining about how "unfair" they're treated. Between their contract salaries and their endorsements, they can afford to get the insurance they need in case of injury that stops them from playing. I have a friend that is a former NFL player, he lasted one season before being injured (knee) so that he had to leave the NFL. Guess what, he's one of the FEW that seems to have had a real education and is working just fine and has been for over 10 years. Players are overpaid, loud-mouthed, prima-donna's and need to join reality. Seriously? Multiple millions of dollars to play a game?? ANY game???? Grow up!!!

    February 15, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jim TX

    Forget about the small percentage of players that make Milliions and play more than 7 years in the NFL. The truth is that most do not make millions and most do not play more than 7 years. I have seen first hand the punishment the players bodies take over the course of just a few seasons. The owners should open the books and allow the players to take care of the players that get hurt or live with physical problems.

    February 15, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jim Morris

    United States budget cuts
    What the citizens of the United States are asked to do is trust a party and its representatives to cut the national budget after it had spent billions of overseas dollars on a nonsensical war and driven the stock market and economy into a recession. The GOP and its members have not listened or understood the common citizens. Instead they want to provide the breaks to the various companies that have taken the jobs from the United States people and given them to the foreign labor market. In the meantime these companies have benefited from Democratic governmental gifts to keep them from bankruptcy. These same companies, instead of investing their savings into hiring new employees, are not investing their profits for the US economy but are funding the same party that put them in a recession in the first place. The GOP members need to represent all the people and not the corporations, rich and religious. Until that is done the party has lost its favor with the common citizen.

    February 15, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. junkyarddog

    Stop FIXING the superbowls and never let the packers win it again and i will be just fine

    February 15, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cesar


    February 16, 2011 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  9. SIR Benjamin Hendrikson PhD

    Why arn't players leading with their helmet and striking the subject opposing player on his helmet ousted from the game and fined by the league. This weekend (Sept. 18th) has been a unruly one. In several games, players had to be removed from the game as a result of being hit on the head by the opposing player leading with his helmet.
    A game is not presenting a very good immage with all the carnage from helmet hits.
    I prefer to watch a clean game of good sportsmanship, not what was broadcxast this Sunday.

    September 18, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
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