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NFLPA scores legal victory against former players

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The ever-growing portfolio of litigation involved the NFLPA has gotten smaller by one case.

According to Daniel Kaplan of SportsBusiness Journal, a federal court in California dismissed this week a lawsuit filed by five former players who claimed that the union failed to properly represent them for licensing.  The players tried to craft statements by NFLPA employees that the union represents the interests of retired players into a legal duty to attempt to obtain licensing deals in the absence of a contract to do so.

The plaintiffs were Bernie Parrish (pictured), Bob Grant, Walter Roberts, Clinton Jones, and Marvin Cobb.

The suit apparently was inspired by a lawsuit against the NFLPA brought by former players who had signed licensing deals, and who claimed that the NFLPA failed to properly represent their interests.  The prior lawsuit resulted in a jury verdict of $28.1 million.

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4 Responses to “NFLPA scores legal victory against former players”
  1. thegreatgabbert says: May 24, 2012 4:54 PM

    Whoa, the NFLPA takes down five senior citizens with arthritic joints and Alzheimers. DeMutt and Jeff must be tougher than they look.

  2. spartan822 says: May 24, 2012 5:40 PM

    The NFLPA is looking pretty pathetic right now. And De Smith wants to turn every issue into a lawsuit right away. Too many damn lawyers involved with the NFLPA and the NFL!

  3. mark916 says: May 24, 2012 6:23 PM

    All of these frivilous lawsuits will start to fall one by one. Really, these guys played like 50 years ago and still want money from the league, c’mon.

  4. mwindle1973 says: May 24, 2012 6:44 PM

    THat’s the saddest part of all this whole NFL saga…the guys that played from 1943-1992. These guys are the ones that fought the fight for all the players that received the benefits of the 1993 CBA. Which is the same CBA they renewed 5 times until crafting a new one last year. Until the 93 CBA, average NFL salaries were behind other major sports leagues. And before the 1982 agreement salaries paled in comparison to other major leagues. It wasn’t until 82 that players started receiving any kind of post retirement medical benefits. These players collectively made the game what it is today. They were the ones that resided over seeing it become the #1 American spectator sport. And they were the ones who set up the golden goose that all players started receiving form 1993-present. From the first players to strike as individuals in the 1943 exhibition games. To the first player to sue the NFL in 1945. On to the formation of the NFLPA by then current and former players in 1956. The first successful player suit in 1957. The first strike and subsequent lockout in 1968. To the NFLPA’s recognition by the NFL in 1968. To the first CBA in 1968. To the second strike and subsequent second CBA in 1970. To the certification of the NFLPA by the National Labor Board. To the strike of 74 where the players lost only to win in court in 1977. To the 82 strike, the 87 strike, the 87 litigation the union won, then lost on appeal in 89, to the Reggie White class action suit of 1993, that finally forced the NFL to give the players their ultimate goals, which were lined out in 1971. Those players received very little of the benefits of these actions. And the NFLPA has never seen fit to do anything to repay them. Even in a token form. Now they see fit 18 years after they achieved what all those players help fight for, they give up ground when there was no reason. This last CBA actually gave the players a lower percentage of the income than they had gotten for the previous 18 years. And they did nothing for the retirees like they promised them they would for some 18 years. And they say players getting in bar fights and doing drugs is ruining the integrity of the league. I think the stories like this and the NFL’s secret cap, bountygate, etc are ruining the integrity of the league and the game.

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