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Vermeil joins fight against California workers’ compensation changes

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As the NFL and NFLPA continue to squabble over a California bill that will make it much harder for players on non-California teams to collect workers’ compensation benefits in California, a former coach has joined the effort on behalf of the players.

Dick Vermeil, former head coach of the Eagles, Rams, and Chiefs, has published an op-ed in the San Jose Mercury News opposing AB 1309, which would severely restrict payments, both moving forward and retroactively.

“California taxpayers do not pay the cost of workers’ compensation for NFL players. It comes out of the dollars generated by the sport,” Vermeil writes.  “The active players have even agreed in their current collective bargaining agreement that the cost of the benefit for all players, both current and former, is to be charged against their salary cap.  The result would be lower salaries.”

The NFL previously has characterized the contention the benefits come from the players’ share of revenues as “[a]bsolutely not true.”  The NFLPA insists otherwise, as reflected most recently in the San Francisco Chronicle op-ed written by Tom Brady and Drew Brees.

At a time when the NFL and NFLPA can’t agree on much of anything, it’s no surprise they can’t agree on something that should be an objective, stubborn, undeniable fact:  Whether workers’ compensation costs are shared by the players or whether they are borne solely by the teams.

We’ll try to find out the answer, once and for all.  Key word:  Try.

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15 Responses to “Vermeil joins fight against California workers’ compensation changes”
  1. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Jun 27, 2013 9:32 AM

    Isn’t the deal that players are making workers’ compensation claims in California even if they only played one game there, and they do this because they can get more money in California? If everything is paid through the NFL revenue, what difference would it make where they make the claim?

  2. gatordontplay says: Jun 27, 2013 9:57 AM

    and yet another political article by the copy and paste king

  3. upperdecker19 says: Jun 27, 2013 10:00 AM

    Send the league to London. Vermeil may have a good cry over it, but problem solved.

  4. jimmyt says: Jun 27, 2013 10:02 AM

    Can’t we just decertify California as a state and kick them out of the Union?

  5. dryzzt23 says: Jun 27, 2013 10:06 AM

    Greedy damn PLAYERS. Not only do they demand ultra-high salaries, ridiculous benefits, cash for autographs, AND free drinks/meals from fans, now they want the taxpayers of California to pay them workmans comp if they are injured in a game in California? They already make 7 figures, yet they want MORE and they want the the state of California to cover it.

    Players are greedy as can be, trying to get money at every turn, they should be hammered in the press for this.

  6. trytobnimble says: Jun 27, 2013 11:53 AM

    Why doesn’t Florida allow this? There are just as many teams in Florida as there are in California?
    Same with Texas. For that matter, why doesn’t every state that has an NFL franchise allow former players to collect worker’s comp? These are the questions we expect journalists to ask.

    So California closes a loophole, originally designed for interstate truck drivers, and somehow they’re the bad guys.

  7. trytobnimble says: Jun 27, 2013 12:02 PM

    jimmyt says:
    Jun 27, 2013 10:02 AM
    Can’t we just decertify California as a state and kick them out of the Union?
    ________________________

    We’d love to be our own country. We’d immediately become the 5th largest economy in the world. We have some of the globe’s largest ports connecting North America to Asia, plus over half of the continent’s food supply is produced in California — produce, dairy, and meat.

    Yeah, you would miss us far more than we would miss you.

  8. whereyaat says: Jun 27, 2013 12:13 PM

    now they want the taxpayers of California to pay them workmans comp if they are injured in a game in California?
    ==========
    Work comp is not paid for by taxpayers.

    If everything is paid through the NFL revenue, what difference would it make where they make the claim?
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    California has a friendlier statute of limitations. In many other states, the player has to file a claim within a shorter time period (usually a year or two). If you file a work comp claim against a team while you are playing for a team, let’s just say that I would not be surprised if they cut you.

  9. whereyaat says: Jun 27, 2013 12:14 PM

    Players are greedy as can be, trying to get money at every turn, they should be hammered in the press for this.
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    They aren’t filing claims seeking money. They are filing claims seeking medical care.

  10. akboots says: Jun 27, 2013 12:33 PM

    trytobnimble, ok lets say you’re right with the 5th or 6th largest economy. Look how you squandered all of it. All your touchy feely programs that make the libs feel good, gov. salaries and programs that can’t be funded, but yet they do it anyway, now it’s everyone elses fault. Am I about right on this so far? Californians are just stupid. There is no other way to come up with any other conclusion. I’d bolt out of Ca. too, like many others are doing. Too bad our most beautiful states has to be run by a bunch of buffoons. You voted them in, now live with it. Tired of whiney Californians. Your players are leaving the state.

  11. trytobnimble says: Jun 27, 2013 12:46 PM

    akboots says:

    Akboots, what you don’t know about California could fill volumes. Seriously, man. You shouldn’t rant about topics you know little to nothing about. I’m fairly certain you get most of your knowledge from Faux News, which is fiction.

    You do know that our population is the largest by far in the country, don’t you? I only wish more people would move out, but they keep arriving from the flyover states in droves. Every day.

  12. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Jun 27, 2013 1:17 PM

    trytobnimble says:Jun 27, 2013 12:02 PM

    jimmyt says:
    Jun 27, 2013 10:02 AM
    Can’t we just decertify California as a state and kick them out of the Union?
    ________________________

    We’d love to be our own country. We’d immediately become the 5th largest economy in the world. We have some of the globe’s largest ports connecting North America to Asia, plus over half of the continent’s food supply is produced in California — produce, dairy, and meat.

    Yeah, you would miss us far more than we would miss you.
    ______

    You would still be billions of dollars in debt, which would increase as you have to take over what the federal government does for you now (e.g., defense).

  13. daysend564 says: Jun 27, 2013 2:39 PM

    Was he crying when he opposed it?

  14. akboot says: Jun 29, 2013 3:21 PM

    tryto; The truth does hurt sometimes.

  15. akboot says: Jun 29, 2013 3:37 PM

    You say people are moving to ca? WHO? Illegals are the only ones moving there. Good luck to ya, love the state, but like many I choose not to subject myself to all the misfits and morons that run that bankrupt state. 5th or 6th largest economy, you squander it away, and go bankrupt. Now you’re telling me I don’t know what I’m talking about? Sheesh, that’s rich.

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