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SBD/February 24, 2014/Leagues and Governing Bodies
MLBPA Exec Dir Tony Clark Concerned About Free Agency, Qualifying Offer Processes
Published February 24, 2014
CHANGING OF THE GUARD IN NFLPA? In Boston, Ben Volin noted former NFLer Sean Gilbert is "planning for a coup" against NFLPA Exec Dir DeMaurice Smith in '15. Several agents said that Gilbert "spent the weekend in Indianapolis trying to recruit agents to side with him as he prepares to challenge Smith." One factor "working in Smith's favor is he has a strong ally" in agent Drew Rosenhaus, who reps "more than 100 active players" (BOSTON GLOBE, 2/23).
PLAYERS SLACKING IN NBPA SEARCH? In Boston, Gary Washburn noted the NBPA still "has not chosen an executive director and those close to the situation are annoyed at the apathy of players given the apparent misdoings" of previous Exec Dir Billy Hunter. Taking "so long to choose a leader and the apparent disinterest of key players almost makes certain the players will be unprepared" when the next CBA comes up and the "owners potentially opt out" in '17 (BOSTON GLOBE, 2/23).