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NFLPA wants players to start saving money in advance of next work stoppage

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It’s already been six years since the last NFL work stoppage. Which means that it’s only four years until, possibly, the next one.

The NFL Players Association wants its players to be ready for it then by saving money now.

“We wound up in a situation where unfortunately [savings] didn’t happen across the league as much as it could have happened,” NFLPA spokesman George Atallah recently told SiriusXM NFL Radio.

It’s not as if the union didn’t try the last time around to get the players ready for a work stoppage.

“In 2009, we were faced with a major sort of signal that the owners were going to try and lock players out,” Atallah said. “We were trying to get as many players prepared as possible. . . We need players of every generation to really help the young guys understand what it takes to go through some labor strife. For the players who went through it in 2011, the union administration and player leadership did everything it could to prepare players across the league. I think it needs to happen again with the same sort of fervor.”

If the players are going to get the best deal possible in 2021, they need even more fervor. Ultimately, players don’t want to miss games and the game checks that go along with missed games.

The NFLPA faces a problem separate and apart from the inherent unwillingness of the Men Who Play The Game to not play the game. As the union commences the process of getting the word out to players, a large percentage of the men who may be asked to hold firm for a lockout or a strike are currently in college or high school. Will young players who haven’t saved money because they haven’t made money give up the opportunity to make their money?

That’s ultimately how the union can properly get players to be willing to stare down ownership in convincing fashion: Find a way to make money during a lockout.

In 2011, there was scattered talk regarding the possibility of staging exhibition games. For 2021, it needs to be more than talk, and it needs to be more than an exhibition. The NFLPA should launch now an effort to organize an alternative league that would fill the void on Sundays and Mondays (and maybe even Thursdays) in the event the NFL decides to shut it down again — or if the players are inclined to strike to get a better deal for themselves.

Even that may not be enough. With players not inclined to boycott voluntary workouts now in order to force the league to make concessions aimed at giving them better terms and conditions of employment, they’ll likely again be unwilling to skip game checks (NFL game checks) in 2021, no matter how much money they’ve saved.

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31 Responses to “NFLPA wants players to start saving money in advance of next work stoppage”
  1. yankeemofo says: May 31, 2017 7:58 AM

    I(and most of us) would lose my job if I walked out on my job.

    Must be nice.

  2. haughville says: May 31, 2017 8:13 AM

    For someone that has watched the NFL since the late sixties, the greed of this generation of owners and players is hard to stomach. If they went on strike, I may just call it a day on the NFL. I’m not sure I’d really miss it that much.

  3. lgw91s says: May 31, 2017 8:14 AM

    Exhibition games? Well, that would at least raise the stature of the Pro Bowl to ‘a highly competitive match’.

  4. 1980hipster says: May 31, 2017 8:38 AM

    How about the NFLPA teaching its members the importance of being financially responsible with their money regardless of a work stoppage or not.

  5. 345snarkavenue says: May 31, 2017 8:40 AM

    I’m curious….if it comes down to another lockout, and the negotiations are being “poisoned” again by some of the lawyers at 345 Park Avenue, will Bob Kraft and Clark Hunt step up and same the “games” again despite later getting screwed by those same lawyers (and wordsmiths).

  6. akira1971 says: May 31, 2017 8:42 AM

    Also, the union is out of touch if they think players care about the next CBA. More than half of the current membership will be gone by that time and the new one coming into the league will only care about maximizing their salary in whatever short timespan they have.

    No player is stupid enough to sacrifice a whole year (of maybe only 4-5 year career) for the “good” of the union.

  7. Insomniac says: May 31, 2017 8:43 AM

    The NFLPA has said they want to be involved more in the TV deal negotiations. The NFLPA needs to either prevent deals that allow the NFL to be paid even when there is no football or find a way that they are also paid when there is no football. The owners have deep pockets for sure, but if they have no revenue during a work stoppage, they have less leverage as well.

  8. redlikethepig says: May 31, 2017 8:43 AM

    This is why unions are so wonderful … they can crank up millionaires to be unhappy.

  9. belugataxi says: May 31, 2017 8:43 AM

    I would think a headline reading simply, “NFL wants players to start saving money” PERIOD, would be sufficient.

    Additionally, no CK mention? What’s up with that?

  10. Fred says: May 31, 2017 8:50 AM

    There won’t be a strike because everyone knows that the current players will never make enough more to cover the losses during the strike.

  11. cafetero1075 says: May 31, 2017 8:57 AM

    Players should have a higher salary cap and more money for the bottom 53 players. Better health insurance also. Non guaranteed contracts is what makes the sport the best.

  12. charger383 says: May 31, 2017 8:58 AM

    I support labor almost every time; but, because of disrespect by players, caring more about celebrations than scoring, players not being able to stay out of trouble, pouting, players not going to OTA, ect ect I hope they loose big time.

    Players have lost fans support

  13. mvalvt says: May 31, 2017 9:19 AM

    Maybe the NFLPA should be doing more to encourage players to save properly for retirement, not just work stops. Nearly 80% of players are bankrupt within three years of leaving football.

  14. winningisabrees says: May 31, 2017 9:44 AM

    First World millionaire problems,

    Phantom or escalade?
    7 course or 4 course dinner?
    Country club or spa membership renewal?

    Geez. Signed ” the laid off guy”

  15. eddiea25 says: May 31, 2017 9:47 AM

    Floods of posse members and yes men hitting Craigslist.

  16. jgedgar70 says: May 31, 2017 9:47 AM

    Players and owners alike. Hate it when my fingers go faster than my brain…….

  17. waynefontesismyfather says: May 31, 2017 9:50 AM

    Dang it, I buy a new four pound gold chain every six months. You mean I should skip one or two of those purchases in order to leave that money in the bank for, you know, buying food or paying rent if there is a work stoppage.

    Novel idea.

  18. campcouch says: May 31, 2017 9:51 AM

    Nothing like the union telling grown men that they need to save money. I’ve never made 400k a week so I don’t understand the temptation to spend 399,000 of it in four days, but you would think you would squirrel some away to cover your cell phone bill at least. Millionaires living paycheck to paycheck. Ridiculous.

  19. whatnojets says: May 31, 2017 10:13 AM

    Well, I guess I have to cut down on my drinking!

    Signed,
    Joe Namath

  20. knew8411 says: May 31, 2017 10:27 AM

    So does this mean that the 60% of the pot, that the players are already getting isn’t enough?

  21. bannedfromchoirpractice says: May 31, 2017 10:32 AM

    Ever notice the same people who are against family planning policy, clean water policy, clean air policy, civil rights (e.g. the right to peaceful protest), etc., also hate unions. See a pattern? Make America great again?

  22. yahdoood says: May 31, 2017 11:05 AM

    Stop testing for weed and they’ll take any reasonable deal. You’re welcome.

  23. richc111 says: May 31, 2017 11:11 AM

    Mike F… sports writer… player agent.. union activist…. commissioner of the new NFLPA league

  24. RegisHawk says: May 31, 2017 11:21 AM

    Sounds like someone’s buckin’ to be Commissioner of the Exhibition League of Football, commonly known as the Head ELF.

  25. jbloggs13 says: May 31, 2017 11:28 AM

    The owners have De Smith. A strike is exactly the owners need. Break the players with one of the owners stooges in the huddle. Expect a 10 year or longer deal with less of a percentage.

    It will look like the last beat down look like a walk in the park.

    Suckers with the the owners guy negotiating for them.

  26. FinFan68 says: May 31, 2017 12:13 PM

    The union could stop taking dues for a while to help them save…yeah right. If the league would have sent a memo asking owners to shore up additional revenue in advance of a lockout you would be screaming bloody murder and tossing out cries of collusion every other sentence.

  27. charger383 says: May 31, 2017 12:38 PM

    What have the players done to make fans support them?

  28. footballisnotthatimportant says: May 31, 2017 1:00 PM

    Go ahead and lock out. That will officially mark the day I never watch the NFL ever again

  29. voyager6 says: May 31, 2017 1:11 PM

    Last time, didn’t the NFLPA save some of the dues paid by the players to act as a strike fund?

    Aren’t they doing that this time? Or did the money just ‘disappear’?

  30. 49erkaiser says: Jun 1, 2017 11:26 AM

    If I made the kind of money these guys get, I don’t need to be told to save my money. I would hope I’m smart enough to understand the importance of saving anyways. Because I don’t have a crystal ball for a brain. I never would know when the last play could take me out.

  31. Starlight Mehndi Studios says: Jun 1, 2017 9:50 PM

    It is not the NFL players fault that all of you haters took jobs that have no union representation.

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