NFLPA: Players cannot bear brunt of both health risk and revenue shortfall

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NFLPA leaders held a 90-minute conference call with Pro Football Writers of America members on Friday. Among the key questions are how to safely play during a pandemic, if that’s possible, and the expected economic impact.

The NFL released a statement after a meeting of ownership Friday.

The NFLPA now has released its own as the league and its players continue to discuss several major lingering issues.

“Our union commissioned the best people to come up with the most comprehensive set of recommendations for return-to-work protocols,” the statement reads. “The health and safety checklist was put together according to an agreement we signed in March with the NFL. That agreement, along with our CBA, are in place to hold the NFL accountable to keeping players as safe as possible and reduce risk.

“Our job is to stand firm and push management to agree to these expert recommendations and hold them accountable to implementing the full health and safety checklist.

“We know that players are taking all of the risk by returning to work. We also know there will be a shortfall in revenues next year, but players cannot be asked to bear the full brunt of both the health and safety risk and the financial one. We are bargaining for fair and reasonable ways to soften the short-term economic losses in our business.”

9 responses to “NFLPA: Players cannot bear brunt of both health risk and revenue shortfall

  1. The players don’t want to play this year but they still want their checks.

  2. I am generally in favor of the players on most issues, but a lot of people are “feeling the brunt” of this pandemic. The amount that the players are hurt by this will be small compared to a large amount of the society. The owners will be hurt as well, so I hope both sides can not be petty about this. We need football to occur, not a billionaire vs. millionaire pissing match to break out.

  3. The world isn’t fair. The union is acting like spoiled, entitled children. If players want to opt out for whatever that’s fine. But in what bizarro world can anyone argue they deserve full pay? Every job in America has pros and cons. We assume the risk and we do so in exchange for compensation. If we choose not to work then that compensation goes away. Very simple, clear logic.

  4. Imagine this scenario:

    The cap fall A LOT in 2021 due to revenue loss in 2020.
    What would you do as an NFL team in 2020?

    You would plan for it.
    How?
    By cutting some mid tier veterans, saving 4MM here and there, You would cut 20-30MM worth of contracts, so you could carry that cap money forward to 2021.

    As the NFL PA do you want to see teams cutting 8 players each, for a total of 250 veterans cut, replaced with minimum salary FAs?

    Or do you wnat to work with the NFL to find a way to avoid that?

    Spread the loss over 3 years.

  5. I can’t wait to see the lawsuits start to fly this year ahead of a new collective bargaining agreement over enforcement of the protocols put in place and agreed upon by the NFLPA….will be fun to watch, that’s for sure!

  6. Stephen Smith says:
    July 17, 2020 at 6:45 pm
    I am generally in favor of the players on most issues, but a lot of people are “feeling the brunt” of this pandemic. The amount that the players are hurt by this will be small compared to a large amount of the society. The owners will be hurt as well, so I hope both sides can not be petty about this. We need football to occur, not a billionaire vs. millionaire pissing match to break out.

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    1) The players have as much, if not more, risk as owners. Owners aren’t out playing in a pandemic. They can isolate themselves physically (which they should, because most are old and are at higher risk, but no one’s questioning that). Across NA professional sports, how many owners have you heard about contracting COVID vs. players?

    2) Do we really “need” football? It’s not an American right to have professional football nor is it an essential activity that players need to be risking their lives over. It’s entertainment, leisure. As much as I’d kill to see football, if people aren’t comfortable playing or feel like they’re being shortchanged for playing in a situation that puts themselves or their families at undue risk, they owe nothing to fans to justify that. I’ve seen “fans” of various sports straight up rip players who opt out because they have newborns or sick family members at home. What the hell.

    When these conversations have come up since Covid, I find it strange that fans overwhelmingly side against players. In the case of football, fans don’t know anything about negotiations between the NFL and NFLPA or what concessions are being made or what the terms are. They just immediately side against the players. It’s strange.

  7. Are the NFLPA trying to mimic the MLBPA by trying to negotiate through the media? How did that work out for them? Both sides have risk. We can argue how much it is for either side. Do the players realize the audience they’re talking to? Everyday Americans have to deal with both without the ability to post about every grievance. Stop looking for sympathy or a shoulder to cry on. We’ve been living with this thing for 6 months now! Keep the negotiations behind closed doors. Stick to football.

  8. I love NFL football as much as anyone, but…..Owners will lose more than they make if the season isnt complete,dont let these selfish athletes make millions for an incomplete season….no one wants to see a compromised schedule and season anyways….. Just shut itvdown and start it up again once its safe to do so!!

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