NFLPA: Prepare for 2021 CBA work stoppage you hope doesn’t happen


The NFLPA held its annual Super Bowl week press conference on Wednesday and a frequent topic of questions was the potential for a work stoppage in 2021 in the event that a new Collective Bargaining Agreement can’t be reached between the union and the NFL.

NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said that the union’s job is to prepare for “wars we hope we don’t have to fight.” Smith has said in the past that he believes a stoppage is likely and that he believes contracts teams are signing with coaches appear to be designed with a work stoppage in mind.

One of the ways that the NFLPA has been preparing is by growing the Players Inc., the licensing and marketing arm of the union. That has become successful enough for the union to invest players dues to build a fund that can be drawn on in the event of a work stoppage.

NFLPA president Eric Winston stressed the need for players to have “financial literacy” and said that the fact that players were locked out in 2011 should be ample evidence for players to know that they could wind up in the same place this time around.

“I think every player will believe us when we tell them they’re going to be locked out,” Winston said.

Part of that effort has been to push royalties from sources like the Madden video games to future years in order to create ways for players to receive money if they aren’t receiving game checks.

16 responses to “NFLPA: Prepare for 2021 CBA work stoppage you hope doesn’t happen

  1. Smith is the most incompetent union leader I’ve ever seen.

    Players will cave. They always do because they’re rich and not wealthy. They think like lottery winners and not business men with generational wealth like owners.

  2. A good part of the players union is broke 5 years after playing so tell me how they are going to teach them money management ? Smith got played last contract !

  3. That last deal, which supposedly sucked for the players? It worked out amazing for them.

    Had the players given up a season to get a better deal, there is exactly zero chance that improvements in the deal would have offset the lost income.

    The players should be rooting for more of the same. Who cares what the press says, as long as their paychecks keep going up fast.

  4. Anything the current generation of players do that cost them game checks will be for the pl;ayers who com after them. Careers are too short to give up a game check or two for the marginal improvement a strike might bring.

  5. Considering the average nfl life is only 3 yrs, and average weekly salary is $130,000, strike should not last more then 4 weeks. That’s a lot to lose for the lower echelon of players. The nflpa (like most big companies) care more about their stars benefits, then the lower level, though they will never about it. Advantage owners.

  6. The league prefers to draft and contract with uneducated “scholar” athletes. A union full of them will present no obstacle to the owners. Something to consider as you watch the next wave “declare for the draft” years before graduating.

  7. There will be a work stoppage, but why do you think they came up with this new NFL D-league? The players can strike if they want…the NFL can wait them out until they cave once again while making cash in the process. SMH…this is why the players are the players and the owners are the owners.

  8. The NFL average career doesn’t really represent the average career of guys the fan considers NFL players. We don’t look at a 7th round pick who played special teams for one season, then got cut because he showed he couldn’t help out at his true position, the same as a guy who was a back up linebacker for 4 seasons.

    The average career of players who stick is the average career and salary to look at.
    The rookie or second year player who isn’t going to stick are not a factor in the labor negotiations. A five year veteran is not going to give up pay for him. He also isn’t going to cave for him.

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