Regardless of any complaints as to the lack of information flowing from the NFLPA to agents as to the status of the labor talks, the union plans to meet with a select group of agents on Thursday, February 25 for a briefing as to the CBA negotiations.
But even that approach is creating some consternation.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, some of the agents who have been invited to the February 25 session believe that the meeting should be held on February 26, before, after, or during the full-blown agent meeting due to occur that day. The current schedule requires the agents invited to the Thursday session to get to Indianapolis a day earlier — and to attend multiple meetings that likely will include at least some overlap.
The union presumably hopes to share the labor-related information with a smaller set of agents in order to promote discretion, but one thing we’ve learned over the years is that agents like to talk. Whether all of the agents, some of the agents, or only one of the agents will attend the Thursday session, anything said by the union eventually will be shared with others.
[Editor’s note: In a prior version of this item, we had the specific dates wrong. Thursday is the 25th, not the 24th. Friday is the 26th, not the 25th. We apologize for any confusion.]