For months, the NFL Players Association has been laying the foundation for a political assault on the NFL in the event that the current labor issues result in a work stoppage.
And the politicians are already getting sick of it.
According to CNBC, via SportsBusiness Daily, two Senators have sent letters to the two sides urging that they resolve the situation quickly. The letters come from a pair of Republicans, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and George LeMieux of Florida.
Graham points out that “[b]oth your organizations have been canvassing Capitol Hill seeking
support for your position should there be a labor dispute next spring.” Graham also writes, “I
encourage you in the strongest possible terms to settle your dispute
without congressional involvement.”
It’s hard to tell whether the development favors one side or the other. The fact that the letters urge a new deal by the end of the year meshes with the NFLPA’s overall agenda. The fact that the letters come from Republicans could be regarded as an indication that, if the union doesn’t quit trying to finagle political leverage against the NFL, the players’ interests would suffer in an legislatively-imposed solution.
Either way, it’s another reason for the two sides to spend some time between Thanksgiving and Christmas conjuring a little mutual goodwill. We’ll supply the eggnog.