‘I want to make it look like we’re all together’: Former NFL player’s message to new NFL owners
Former NFL players have been speaking out against a new collective bargaining agreement, warning it will be detrimental to the game and to the NFL’s future.
The players are calling for the owners to negotiate with a third party, the National Labor Relations Board, which could include the NFL.
The labor board is currently negotiating with the NFL Players Association over its bargaining rights, with the sides agreeing to a new five-year contract, which would be subject to arbitration and payouts.
It would also be subject only to collective bargaining, not contract negotiations.
The NFLPA has already indicated that it wants to be involved, and the players are not ruling out that possibility.
“The NFLPA and the league will continue to seek an objective and fair process for collective bargaining,” the players’ union said in a statement.
“We are also aware of the league’s interest in negotiating with us to assist with our bargaining needs.”
The players also want to get paid, but that would be complicated because they are not members of the union.
A number of NFL players and executives have voiced concerns about the proposed agreement, including Hall of Famer Michael Irvin, who called it a “bad deal” for the players.
“I want them to negotiate on a fair deal,” Irvin told the New York Post.
“That’s my belief.
The league should negotiate on an agreement that is fair for everybody.
It’s going to be tough.
There’s going, it’s going a lot of work.
But I’m ready for that.
I know it’s tough.
I’m prepared to work.”
The union said the players also would like to see a fair share of the revenue generated by the NFL, which is estimated to generate $50 billion a year.
The new deal would give the league a guaranteed $2 billion per year for the next three years, the union said.
The owners are expected to agree to a five-and-a-half-year deal with an option for another five years, but the owners have said they are willing to make adjustments if the players want to go to another collective bargaining deal.
But with no agreement to date, players are planning to vote in the next week on whether to back the union’s request for arbitration.
“There’s no question that if we were to vote to approve the [union] request, the owners would probably have a different view,” said former running back Ray Rice.
“But we’re going to vote on the status of that right now.”