De Smith hopes to extend his stay with union, too

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Commissioner Roger Goodell is close to having job security beyond the finalization of the next labor deal. NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith still has a hurdle or two before he can match that.

His third three-year term expires in March 2018. In an interview to be televised by HBO on Tuesday, Bryant Gumbel asked Smith whether he hopes to stay.

“If the players want me to stay and I wanna stay, well, then there’s a mutuality of interest,” Smith said.

“Do you not want to stay?”

“I didn’t say that,” Smith said.

“I’m just asking,” Gumbel added. “On the record, do you want to stay?”

 “I intend to stay next year,” Smith said. “Yeah and I would like to. I think there’s work that needs to be done. At the end of the day, am I always going to be happy with the decision of the players and respect their decision? Absolutely.”

If Smith does another three-year deal next March, his next contract would expire not long after the current labor deal reaches its ending date. Which could make for awkward times for the union, if a collection of candidates who have ideas about how to proceed with an expired CBA try to nudge Smith out just as a potential labor battle is beginning.

10 responses to “De Smith hopes to extend his stay with union, too

  1. For who, for what. Why? Negotiating a terrible CBA then taking a militant stance against the league for his own shortcomings. Get rid of the clown players!!!

  2. Why wouldn’t he want to stay? The man does nothing more than try to incite the public against the League and he gets to take a sizable chunk of the players’ dues in order to do so. Cherry deal.

  3. officialgame says:
    August 21, 2017 at 11:46 am
    For who, for what. Why? Negotiating a terrible CBA then taking a militant stance against the league for his own shortcomings. Get rid of the clown players!!!

    8 2 Rate This

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    Please explain to the public here, what kind of leverage did Smith have as he took over from Upshaw.

    Taliabue was a reasonable guy and worked well with Gene Upshaw, but the younger and new owners are GREEDY, ANGRY at the previous CBA.

    This is not rocket science. The owners pool of money is larger than the players’.

    So, explain what leverage Smith had to be a better negotiator.

    How can you be so immature and naive?

  4. jonathankrobinson424 says:
    August 21, 2017 at 11:53 am
    If the players extend him they have NO ONE to blame except themselves. He’s terrible for the players.

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    How is an honorable guy fighting for the players “terrible” for them?

  5. If the players wanted real representation against the NFL, they’d hire Florio to lead their union. I’ve learned more about law from reading Mike’s posts than I ever thought possible. And I think Florio would have the players’ interests in mind much more so that Smith. This, by the way, is a serious comment.

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