JC Tretter: NFL wanted to cancel games, postponement allowed players to get paid

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After the NFL moved to postpone the Week 15 game between the Raiders and Browns to Monday due to the COVID-19 outbreak on the Browns’ roster, several members of the Raiders expressed their displeasure with the decision and wondered if the decision was made because Browns center JC Tretter had undue influence due to being NFLPA president.

Raiders linebacker K.J. Wright was one of those players and he argued that the Browns should “play or forfeit” as scheduled. On Wednesday, Tretter answered some of those comments.

Tretter told reporters that the NFL wanted to cancel the games and noted that none of the players from affected teams would have been paid for the week if that were the case. He said that issue, rather than anything having to do with competitive balance, drove the NFLPA’s push to move the game against the Raiders (as well as the two games played on Tuesday) to later dates.

“I was fighting for the same things for the Raiders players I was for the Browns players: to make sure everybody gets paid,” Tretter said, via Zac Jackson of TheAthletic.com. “I don’t think people realize how close those games were to being canceled.”

It’s not clear if Raiders players realized they would have missed out on a paycheck in the event of a forfeit or cancellation, but they wound up with a win while also getting paid for their week’s work as a result of the postponement.

16 responses to “JC Tretter: NFL wanted to cancel games, postponement allowed players to get paid

  1. Yet again the NFL uses these times as leverage plays for other agendas.

    The union puts its own clients in danger so their millionaire players can buy another boat.

    Sweet management.

  2. I cant wait until the very same players start complaining that there isnt enough rest between games now that the schedule has been jumbled up

  3. What a bunch of bs from Tretter. He’s acting as if these players are living from paycheck to paycheck. Without a doubt he did everything he could to ensure his team would have a better chance at winning the game.

  4. It’s a good point. I don’t think most people are aware that none of the players get paid if a game is cancelled or forfeited.
    mysterytonite says:
    December 22, 2021 at 10:50 am
    What a bunch of bs from Tretter. He’s acting as if these players are living from paycheck to paycheck.

    So…you think players don’t care about missing paychecks? Why would they not care about that? MOST players aren’t playing on huge contracts.

  5. I’m sure that the owners wanted to get paid as well by having the game. Tickets, concessions, etc would have taken a hit as well.

  6. Why do Raiders players miss out on a paycheck if the Browns have to forfeit? What sense does that make?

  7. As a Browns fan, aside from the players not getting their checks, a forfeit imho might have been the better option. Same result: a loss, but Takk McKinley avoids a ruptured Achilles and Garret avoids a groin injury that may keep him out for a while and the Browns don’t have to play another game on only 4 days rest.

  8. So JC expects us to believe the greedy owners who forced expansion to 17 games, who still insist on a four game preseason and are sending teams to play in Europe and Mexico wanted to scrub three important games? Oh, and these games feature big markets like Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Washington. Yes, JC. The owners must have developed an allergy to money.


  9. This had nothing to do with the players making money. As always, it was about the NFL owners making money. They wanted a competitive Browns team in the playoffs with poster-boy Baker. Rams owner Kroenke. Enough said there.

  10. They should also refund the fans who paid for flights and tickets for a game in a certain day and weren’t able to make it. The fans who pay all this big money are the ones who get the short end of the stick.

  11. As Andrew Brandt has always said: It has been, still is, and always will be: About the business of football!

  12. Yeah, right. There’s no way the league was willing to cancel and forfeit commercial revenue.

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