NFLPA publishes “Work Stoppage Guide” for players

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It could be posturing. It could be pragmatism. Either way, the NFL Players Association has prepared a digital pamphlet that advises players on how to handle a looming work stoppage.

The “Work Stoppage Guide,” a copy of which PFT has obtained, includes specific advice on how to being saving money, in the event that the plug gets pulled after the 2020 season. The guide includes an “ABC” approach — adjust, budget, cut — that recommends cooking at home instead of eating out, cancelling unused subscriptions, adopting a weekly “no spending day,” reviewing investments, implementing a “friends and family policy” regarding money given to those who commonly ask for some of it, avoiding the co-signing of loans, making arrangements for child support and/or alimony to allow temporarily reduced payments during a work stoppage, renting unoccupied homes or bedrooms to offset mortgage expenses, saving at least half of each game check, making any essential home repairs now, renting instead of buying a home, delaying the purchasing of any cars until after the CBA is signed, selling any car that hasn’t been driven in six months, reducing clothing purchases, selling clothes that haven’t been worn in over a year, getting a line of credit in place now for use if necessary during a work stoppage, and more.

Elsewhere in the “Work Stoppage Guide” appears an update on the status of the labor deal and the negotiations, and it seems to imply that the “work stoppage” would come in the form of a lockout, not a strike. Although the signs and signals of a lockout have not been as clear under the current labor deal as they were under the last one, the NFLPA has been bracing for the possibility that one or more of the areas in which the NFL hopes to improve its standing (like stadium credits) could result in ownership preventing the players from working until they cave on that issue.

That’s the most important distinction to remember as this process proceeds. Ownership’s nuclear option is to shut down the operation until labor gives in. Labor’s nuclear option is to walk out the door. In 1987, the players walked out during the regular season, with the goal of putting maximum pressure on ownership. When the strike collapsed a few weeks later, it became regarded as a given that a strike isn’t sustainable for NFL players.

While the NFLPA could at some point begin setting the table for a strike, for now they’re advising players to save under the vague notion that owners will eventually lock them out. Either way, the players need to be able to match the willingness of owners to get by without football revenue, and the “Work Stoppage Guide” is part of the effort by the players to get themselves ready — and/or to convince the owners that they will be.

61 responses to “NFLPA publishes “Work Stoppage Guide” for players

  1. Fans too…need a work stoppage guide for a season sans NFL football. I know that I have many constructive activities planned and I now , in fact, watch just a fraction of the football that I used to for multiple reasons. I get along quite well without around the clock NFL thank you…

  2. The owners have a lot more money than the players do. Consequently, the owners can wait out a strike/lockout much longer than the players can. It’s purely a matter of economics. If the players strike or are locked out, the owners can sit back and wait for as long as it takes. They’re billionaires. It’s that simple.

  3. We learned in the last lockout a few years ago that the players like money and will sign any CBA to get back to steady paychecks. They feel the pressure a lot more than the owners.

  4. Just a ploy to show the players why they pay dues to the NFLPA.
    The union doesn’t want to negotiate, they want everything, and they sure don’t care how the fans are impacted by the ever increasing salary demands from the players.
    I hope that there is a work stoppage because it will be the fault of the NFLPA and the players themselves.

  5. So basically all those things in the guide are just what us folks on normal incomes do every day if we have any find of financial sense or training at all. Got it!

  6. Ownership’s nuclear option is to shut down the operation until labor gives in.

    This is not a “nuclear option”… it’s their overall strategy. And it’s a good one. It’s the basis of most labor disputes when it comes to the ownership side. It’s no different than the player’s strategy which is to stick together and get the best deal possible. 32 owners are for more likely to stick together than 1,500+ players. Ownership will ultimately win not because they are evil or mean. But because they are smarter and more prepared.

  7. Most of those things are plain old good advice most of those players should be doing anyway. But in the event of a lockout, Khalil Mack and Jimmy Garropolo won’t have to do any of those things. Are the guys who will be potentially tossing away a third of their career willing to do it so those other guys can strengthen their hand? I doubt it.

  8. So you’re saying it should be titled “How to be a responsible adult”. Lol what a clown shoes organization the NFLPA is. Just look how bad they failed in the last CBA and now they are basically anouncing they’re about to fail again.

  9. Selling any cars that haven’t been driven in 6 months?

    For the rest of us, its like when its time to clean out the underwear drawer.

  10. Wow. These people are so spoiled. Guidelines like this are common sense (assuming you have to live like a normal person). Nothing but glorified entertainers with no common sense.

  11. The AAF had a lot of players who were just as good as many players on the bottom half of most rosters. They’ll step right in and take jobs away. The games will go on, and a lot of players will learn a cruel lesson. The owners are billionaires. They win the waiting game every time. The players are a lot more nervous than the owners. Fans just want to watch football. They are on the players side up until the time the players choose to take away football from the fans. Then the fans side with the owners and the players lose any leverage that they were wrongfully told they had. Most fans are working paycheck to paycheck and struggling. They’ll turn against the millionaires that go on strike in a heartbeat. Some day the players will wake up and choose better representation. I’ve never seen a union as weak as the NFLPA.

  12. I liked the “rent out a room in your house” advice. Landon Collins just got 40 million guaranteed, but that extra $650 rent for his spare bedroom is going to keep him solvent during the lean times.

  13. That’s great news! I hope there is a long, long work stoppage. The NFL owners and players need a huge dose of reality!!!

    It could happen at the right time for the players, too. The kids will be back in school so all the menial jobs they do in the summer will be available for the players if they want to make a few dollars and see how the real world lives!

  14. lgw91s says:
    August 15, 2019 at 8:08 am
    Selling any cars that haven’t been driven in 6 months?
    For the rest of us, its like when its time to clean out the underwear drawer
    Sir/Madam, you gave me my laugh for the day…:D 😀

  15. I have received a document like this document. While different in scale, it is the same logic, reduce your expenses to the bone, bank what you can. Plan on being without pay for a year.It was a different context, I was working at a startup. It was the advice they gave on entering the startup. When the company hit a rough patch, no one panicked. Folks if you don’t have a year of after tax income in the bank, you aren’t saving enough. Down turns happen. Strikes happen. Plan for it and it is no big deal.

  16. Can you imagine how much he would get renting out a room.

    But Brady skipped most of the book and went right to chapter 23. Marry a supermodel that truly loves you.

  17. The greediest side caves first. It won’t be about how much money they have it’ll be about how much money they are losing on a daily basis. It’s the greediest side that will cave first.

  18. Page 5, everyone goes to AB’s house to have breakfast cooked by a ‘sports chef’ and its on him.

  19. This is a bad look for players who have long been fighting the image that they are irresponsible money managers and if they could just use a calculator they should be fine with the millions they are paid.
    All this does is further that notion.
    If you have to tell your players that they should sell clothes that they don’t wear anymore or eat out less often then the public’s support of their cause is going to fall apart.
    In the new CBA there should be a mandatory money management class that every rookie has to PASS and not just take. If these knuckleheads would save some of their scratch instead of buying that 6th Bentley then they would be just fine.

  20. Uh Oh this doesn’t sound good. NONE OF US want to see a lockout. I dont believe the NFL will let this situation get to the point of a work stoppage before working something out. To much money to be made all around and they don’t want to risk losing any fans in the fanbase, imagine how many fans would lose their minds if we had to watch SCABs play for 3-4 weeks over a stoppage!!! I hope a work stoppage doesn’t happen, it doesn’t need to , the NFL just needs to do what’s right.

  21. The fact that the NFLPA is telling players who make more money than doctors that they should take out lines of credit to use in case of emergency, just goes to show they need a new rep. Our financial education in this country is horrendous. Second only to the general populations refusal to live below their means and save (and then, blame everyone else that they don’t have enough).

  22. When we went 1-31 over two seasons, ownership did not raise ticket prices ! (Hell they should have given season ticket holders some sort of rebate for having to sit through that garbage). – A Browns Fan.

  23. “A strike isn’t sustainable for the players”

    Total bologna. Even the bottom of the barrel players make more money than doctors, without the college debt to pay back. A strike is absolutely sustainable, they just need to get their heads out of their butts and care more about saving and investing than who can own the most cars they don’t drive, and how many gold freaken toilets they have in their house. Boo hoo.

  24. I’m not even going to sit here and play holier-than-thou. It’s all relative. The millionaire athlete goes broke because he bought the 10,000 sqft house, 14 luxury cars, and supports his entire entourage.

    The guy making $50k a year goes broke because he buys Starbucks every morning, has a $600/month @72 months car payment and uses his Visa as though its free money.

    So many of the things that this NFLPA guide addresses, the everyday 9-5 guy could take some of that advice as well.

  25. I read all the advise….solid common sense and more folks other than NFL players could benefit from this advise.

    I am going to share with all those I know….. even those who earn 60k a year

  26. I’m tired of hearing the potential lockout this is one of the things that stressing me out besides doctors and hurricanes they need to stop thinking negatively and start putting something positive, and as for the NFL and NFLPA they need to start negotiating in good faith obviously they have no desire to keep the nfl going like it has the last 100 years now if they want to stop playing let em stop because I can’t take this anymore this is not healthy for me

  27. Maybe the owners will suit up in pads to break the union? Isn’t that what management normally does?

  28. Most players spend their money as fast as they make it, that is why few hold outs make it more then a game or two. The past contract negotiations have the players caving quickly because most of them are already broke and can’t live without their games checks that is why a large percent of them are bankrupt just a year or two after retiring. This is why the owners always get their way when it comes to the CBA…not much will change this time except for maybe no longer testing for pot but in exchange for an 18 game season. Roger and his replacement will still rule by their on whim kangaroo court system.

    Saving one or maybe two games checks should be plenty of cash to make it one year, if not then that players is stupid and deserves to go broke. 99% got a paid for college education; it is their own fault for being stupid!

  29. I’d think the NFLPA contract negotiations team’s first priority should be getting a deal done so that there is no work stoppage. That would actually be in the best interests of the union members. So you know, do the job you were selected to do.

  30. The underwear drawer is hilarious! Well put.
    This whole guide is elementary school common sense!
    If players actually need to read this guide to get advice, this is a sad story.
    I’m sure every player is given the opportunity to converse with recommended advisors. Obviously, a lot don’t.
    Also, lately it seems players think fans will be on there side. This won’t happen.
    All sports that have stoppages, piss hard working fans off. It’s simple.
    Owners win, they win.
    32 billionaire owners versus 1500 players. Bad odds
    Now , that’s even more common sense!

  31. History says that the players miss two paychecks and they cave. Smith should be looking for a middle ground so a stoppage is avoided but he’s so militant, he’s incapable of doing what’s best for the players. He wants a power struggle, which he’ll lose of course.

  32. I stopped following MLB after the 94/95 strike, and haven’t missed it. Baseball salaries for marginal players are outrageous. Same thing with the NBA.

    If the NFL goes this route, bye bye.

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