Brady, Brees pen op-ed opposing California workers’ compensation changes

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The latest battleground between the NFL and NFLPA arises in California, where legislators are considering changes to the workers’ compensation laws that would make it much harder for pro football players to collect benefits for single or cumulative injuries.

The issues are complex, and if I start breaking them down, I’ll put you to sleep.  And me.  (If you’re interested and fully-caffeinated, here’s a look at the matter from the NFLPA’s perspective and the NFL’s standpoint.)

The latest development comes from quarterbacks Tom Brady and Drew Brees, who have written an op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle in opposition to the changes.  We’d link to the column and quote some of it here, but it’s protected by a pay wall.

So, to summarize for now, the NFL wants to see the law changed.  The NFLPA doesn’t.  And Brady and Brees have written something in opposition to it.  But we can’t tell you what it is because the Chronicle thinks it’s better to generate revenue via charging a small group of people as opposed to selling ads that would be served to a much larger pool of traffic.

Hopefully, you’re still awake.

16 responses to “Brady, Brees pen op-ed opposing California workers’ compensation changes

  1. Easy translation of the whole deal:

    Both sides want the bigger cut of the huge amounts of money the fans and networks pour into the owners’ and the NFL’s coffers every year.

  2. California taxpayers don’t need to be paying for Rich football players

    There should be a menas test for Worker’s Comp
    This seems kind of selfish on the part of Brady and Brees

  3. It’s not selfish at all. When Players play in California, they also pay Cali state taxes for that particular week. Which amount to millions that the state is collecting

  4. Why should everyday middle class workers bear the lifelong medical expenses for a guy who chooses to play a violent sport where he earns millions of dollars but injuries are likely. That is a known Risk he chose and got compensated for… No reason for tax payers to take care of them after they made their choice to risk injury for millions.

  5. Once again Bresus proves himself to be not just another greedy athlete, but one of the greediest athletes there is…

  6. Cali is going down the tubes. Soon only the very rich, retired gov workers (no joke, some get as much as $400,00 retirement per year) and a vast reservoir of uneducated Mexicans will be living there. That’s a tribute to your Democratic Party at work.

  7. Regardless, California’s on the verge of bankruptcy and won’t be able to pay for it anyway. The San Bernardino and Stockton bankruptcies are only the beginning….and why is this? Because of ridiculously high public employee pensions that can’t be funded(Lifeguards and Librarians retiring on $200k per year). We can thank Jerry Brown and company for mismanaging public funds and over-taxing us, all the while ensuring illegals have a “Safe Haven”.

  8. California has already regulated itself into the ground. Its financial collapse is only a matter of time unless they make some big changes there.

  9. The NFL is a private entity that has tax exempt status. In my opinion, that should also exempt NFL employees from being able to collect benefits that are derived from tax payers. I understand that the players are paying state taxes on their salaries, but said salaries put each player in a position to negotiate these injury benefits into their contracts. Or, they can buy Aflac like the rest of us.

  10. Sorry, “Tom Terrific” Brady, but I can’t root for you on this particular issue. In my judgment, the NFL has made some compelling and persuasive arguments here.

  11. Don’t be hard on California. According to the LA Times, the base prison guard salary was cut *back* 10% to $92k PLUS an addition of $177k overtime for a total of whatever.

    No wonder that crazy state is going bankrupt.

  12. I’m sure Brady and Brees are not arguing for themselves or other pro athletes of their caliber who’s contracts are HEAVILY insurance laden and will be well taken care of in the event of injury. For every Brees or Brady there are dozens of perennial PS quarterbacks or Minor League shortstops or IFL cornerbacks or AISL goalies (and the list goes on and on), who likely don’t make any more than most of us, but still fall into the “Pro Athlete” category of this issue. My biggest fear is that it could set a presidence which could later call ANY of our professions into the issue, as well. If you are a CA resident and your profession is an OTR trucker or Commercial, Industrial or Military Contractor that frequently works out of state or any number of jobs that may have you working outside of your home state…you may, at some time be subject to the same scrutiny as the Pro Athletes.
    California really needs to consider if they are willing to lose nearly 200 million dollars annually in Pro Athlete tax income and the multi millions brought in by the taxes collected from the teams and their ancillary and related incomes, when players and teams abscond from their state due to this. It may be difficult to hear the “Super Rich” complain about money, but it is a slippery slope that can quickly get down to us.

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