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NFL Files Unfair Labor Practice Charge With NLRB Against NFLPA
Published February 15, 2011
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UNION EXPECTED LEAGUE TO MAKE THE CHARGE: In N.Y., Judy Battista notes the filing by the NFL, "which was expected by the union, is a procedural move intended to prevent decertification." Among the tactics the NFL "alleges the union has used: the failure to schedule negotiating sessions, a failure to respond in a timely manner to proposals made by the owners and an insistence on disclosure of financial data that, the NFL says in the complaint, the union has no legal right to" (N.Y. TIMES, 2/15). YAHOO SPORTS' Jason Cole wrote the "longer the league can delay the union and the players from getting to court, the more leverage it gains in negotiations with players, hoping to bleed them dry this offseason by making free agency disappear." If you want to get a player to "break from the union," just "tell him he's going to have to wait five more months to get money." Likewise, "tell all the other players who were expecting to be free agents that they're going to have to wait until who knows when to get paid" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 2/14).
DRAFT BOYCOTT POSSIBLE: NFL Network's Jason La Canfora cited sources as saying that Monday's conference call among NFLPA officials and player agents was supposed to "continue the internal dialogue on boycotting" the NFL Combine. A combine boycott "remains highly doubtful," but players skipping the NFL Draft is "likely if no collective bargaining agreement is in place by March." NFLPA Exec Dir DeMaurice Smith "has met individually with top agents since the Super Bowl to discuss the potential effectiveness of having prospects skip the combine" (NFL.com, 2/14).