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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    now they are ripping off their own stories.. they had this one last week.. i guess they are waiting for something to happen and had to recycle this story...

    February 14, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |

    I miss dale carter of the kc chiefs.. he was awesome..

    February 14, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. polishmillrite

    I wonder how much the NFL really makes. They want to keep the books hidden from the players for reason. They're probably making 2 or 3 times what they say they are.

    February 14, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • goat

      Those poor players! Only making several million a year!

      February 15, 2011 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
    • lean6

      Not all of the players make millions. Forget about the numbers. Those guys don't even have guaranteed salaries in a sport that expects them to play injured and don't look after them when their careers end on one play. Ive seen too many stories of broke and broken players that the league didnt take care of afterwards. You cant really compare them to average career joes who put in decades for pensions. The league is making money hand over fist...and keeping it. The league fines for everything takes the cake.

      February 15, 2011 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Seriously

      How many employers take care of their employees if they get injured and can no longer work? None that I know of. If any luck, they will get a disability pension, but those jobs are usually government jobs. I do not know a single private employer who would continue to financially support an employee after they have been injured and are no longer able to work. The NFL players are paid handsome salaries. They should learn to invest wisely for their future after football. But not too many of them do that. They buy big houses, expensive cars, and party, party, party.

      February 15, 2011 at 4:46 am | Report abuse |
  4. polishmillrite

    Oops. left out "some" before reeason.

    February 14, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. mensaboy

    And we care because? Oh, right! The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.

    February 14, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. adam

    why do the players even have a union? i mean really. a bunch of overpaid, loud mouth jerks (most) whose egos are so huge they could fuel the first flight to mars. eliminate the union and get some new people who CARE about football and not just in it for the dollar and the fame.

    February 14, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • jinco

      Seriously?? Oh, and the owners and the NFL, who apparently really "care" about football, would do what, exactly, with all the money they make off this BUSINESS? You think they'll give it to the fans? Cut ticket prices? Wow. The NFL players have the lowest percentage of profits of any of our major sports industries. Guess you're in that upper 1% tax bracket, huh?

      February 14, 2011 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ScottV

    Owners already get $31 million per year before the rest of TV revenue is split between league, players, and the owners (again). Essentially they are asking for another $25-30 million before the split, and 2 more games. It appearsthey want the players salaries covered by the revenue split so worst case scenario is they break even – which we all know they won't. It is greed on both sides.

    February 14, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ScottV

    Let me clarify – the owners make a lot of money. There can't be one team losing money. Especially with its current popularity. Players want more too. The NFLPA needs to be more open with their books

    February 14, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      What are you talking about. The NFLPA doesn't have books. The current deal works like this. The NFL made 9 Billion, the owners get 1 Billion off the top. Then the remaining 8 Billion is split 60/40 to players/owners. That means that the owners get 4.2 Billion and the Players get 4.8 Billion.

      Now there are 31 owners and the Packers to split 4.2 Billion, and there are how many players 53 per team, plus practice teams, so at a minimum there are 1500+ players to split up that money, which also covers things like taking care of retired players, so the pool is even bigger.

      The NFL wants the players to give up a billion and then split the remainder 50/50, so now 9 billion turns into 7 Billion wich turns into 5.5 Billion for owners and 3.5 Billion for players. That is a huge concession to make, one that I don't think anyone would take.

      This is Billionaires(owners) vs. Millionaires(Players). Oh and the owners get the taxpayers to fund their stadiums to boot, but that is a whole other issue. Do I think that the it is ridiculous the salaries that are paid to pro athletes in pro sports today. Yes, but I also understand where they are coming from.

      Also the NFL won't open up their books to show the NFLPA why it needs the extra revenue to grow the largest sport in America today. It is the NFL that is being deceptive in this case. And remember, no one pays to go see the owners hang out in their skybox, we go to see the 22 players that are on the field.

      The NFLPA is what makes the NFL, they are the whole attraction and will not make money for decades like the owners, they have a short lifespan and deserve to get everything they can and more in my opinion.

      February 14, 2011 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • an9nymouse

      @David....BRILLIANT! I wish everyone could be made to read your post on this subject.

      February 14, 2011 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Christy

      @david Thanks for explaining this. I hope the players get what they want but I REALLY hope there isn't a lockout next season

      February 15, 2011 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Myk

      @David, thank for clarifying that, will you please explain about the urinalysis. The player's union demands 30 days warning before somebody can be tested... Yeah, that is really fair to the fans!

      February 15, 2011 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
    • David

      You're welcome people but I can't take a lot of credit.. thank wikipedia.

      February 15, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Stuttering Stanley

    I have no sympathy whatsoever for either side – a bunch of billionaires locking out a bunch of millionaires to play a game? Big deal, it nice when you could just afford take your family to a game without taking out a second mortgage. We're all chumps for continuing to feed this hog.

    February 14, 2011 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  10. AmericanStandardToiletBowl

    @David: thanks. Good info.
    @polish: It's "millwright" or was your name an ethnic joke from the 1920s?

    February 15, 2011 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  11. any1

    i like ice cream

    February 15, 2011 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jelace

    I think its time the players get with the rest of us in this world and admit that the present financial climate cant tolerate an overpriced product of any kind. demanding a bigger slice of revenues will only mean an increase in ticket and concession prices by the owners to compensate the bottom line. Not to many people will tolerate making zillionaires out of players when fans can barely feed their families. The last strike almost killed Pro Football. This one most certainly will.

    February 15, 2011 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  13. David S

    So here it is barely one month post season and my home team the Dolphins organization is requiring I send my $2,500 in fior the 2011 season for two season tickets (2 of the 10 home games of which are meaningless preseason games) in by the end of February or rsik loosing my seats. I have been a seasopn ticket holder since 1978.

    Here are my thoughts...They want my hard earned money for a season that may not even happen. $2,500 for a team that put up a miserable 7-9 record with a quarterback that every fan in the NFL knows isnt competant? An onwer that can't even look for a new coach properly? A coaching staff that has the brilliance to hire a new offensive coordinator to spark our miserable offense by hiring the coordinator from the Cleveland Browns? Now, the Owners and Players are fighting over money? And I have to put up my money to support a naive owner and an over-paid Brandon Marshall (who dropped half the balls thrown to him? Yes, some of Henne's passes would actually make it to the receivers.)

    As much as I hate to miss the game in 2011, the only way to bring the Owners and Players back into the economic realty of the fans is for – a Fan Lockout! The fans need to stand up once and for all and not renew their season tickets until these guys come to and agreement! Unfortuantely, this will never happen.

    February 15, 2011 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
  14. Jelace

    I just read the comments by "DAVID".
    Sounds like a union rep.

    February 15, 2011 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
  15. RichardSRussell

    Good job, James, you actually caught the ball. Now hold on tight with TWO hands ... TWO HANDS! Good job. See if you can remember that more than once.

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