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While serving as Chairman of the NFLPA’s Board of Former Players, Cornelius Bennett has taken on an important leadership role to help former NFL players.
“That’s what I get joy from now,” Bennett told The Birmingham News in a recent interview. “I’m helping others, and I can honestly say I enjoy doing what I’m doing now more than when I was a player, because then it was only about me.”
As Bennett lobbies to help former players secure better benefits, he stresses that active players all want to play football—just as he did when he entered the league as a legend from the University of Alabama.
Read more about Bennett’s charity golf tournament, role in the labor negotiations and more on The Birmingham News website here.
“Stuck in limbo” might be the most suitable description for a free agent during this NFL lockout. Technically unemployed, free agents don’t have contracts and aren’t part of a team, putting their status for the next NFL season—whenever that season starts—up in the air.
Eric Smith, a safety who played for the New York Jets last season, is one of many free agents who face uncertain futures. While exploring his options, Smith is working out individually as well as with others at Michigan State, and he earned his master’s degree in criminal justice during the lockout. Coaching football might be his future calling.
Realizing that a career playing football is not a sure thing, especially while being locked out, Smith has taken extra steps to prepare himself. He’s wisely signed up for COBRA health insurance, an option for all players during the lockout.
As part of an ongoing series profiling people impacted by the NFL’s lockout, The Washington Post published an in-depth profile on Smith in Monday’s editions. Read the story here.
Boston, a city passionate about its professional sports teams, has seen each of its teams in the four major sports claim championships in recent years. (The Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup with a Game 7 win Wednesday night.)
But if the NFL’s lockout persists, many Bostonians and sports fans will feel the pinch.
Patriot Place becomes a hub of activity during the football season, as Patriots fans flock to the area surrounding Gillette Stadium to support their team. Businesses such as restaurants and motels are feeling rightfully edgy about the lockout affecting their bottom line—and their livelihood.
“If the stadium wasn’t here, I wouldn’t be here,” the owner of Tastings Wine Bar & Bistro told The Boston Globe.
Click here to read an article in The Boston Globe about the economic impact the lockout is having on those who rely on the Patriots playing football.
The Buffalo Bills have had plenty of great players in their franchise’s history. Cornelius Bennett is one of them. Once a star linebacker and now an elected leader among former players, Bennett is uniquely tied to the Bills’ history.
As a fan and former Bills player, Bennett is interested and engaged in the NFL labor situation. He recently wrote an op-ed that was published in the Buffalo News over the weekend. Among some excerpts of Bennett’s op-ed are:
“Players want to play for teams that have a chance to win. Small-market teams like the Bills have as good a chance to win as any other team in the league. This lockout hurts small-market teams, especially the Bills.”
“I was in those negotiation sessions representing the interests of former players but also looking out for my Bills franchise that I love so much. Players want to play, but we also want what’s fair for the game. We believe in the connection between a city, its players and its team. A lockout erodes that connection.”
To read Bennett’s entire op-ed in the Buffalo News, click here.
Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports writes an article published Wednesday that assesses the legal impact of Monday’s court decision.
Silver raises several strong points in his article. Below are some snippets:
Silver writes, “The players are still standing firm in their quest for a better deal than the ones which have been offered by the owners on March 11.”
He goes on to add, “All of this, from my vantage point, suggests that neither side is going to be beaten into submission by a single legal opinion or another seemingly pivotal development – and it reminds me that, without a doubt, settlement remains the most prudent option for both sides.”
Silver points out that DeMaurice Smith would like to see a mutually satisfying accord: “Do people actually think that I really don’t want to make a deal?” Smith asked. “We chose litigation because we knew they were going to lock us out, and I can only counterpunch. But here’s the fundamental disproof to the charge that we wanted to litigate: We offered to keep playing under the old deal. What more do you want the players to do to demonstrate their commitment to playing football?”
To view Silver’s entire article, click here.
This week, a fan/blogger covering the Indianapolis Colts named Nate Dunlevy had the unique opportunity to speak with executives with the NFL and the NFLPA. He spoke by phone with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA Assistant Executive Director of External Affairs George Atallah in separate calls on different days.
In a new post on his site Thursday, Dunlevy recaps his on-the-record interview with the NFLPA spokesman. The two discussed myriad issues, ranging from the lockout insurance/TV contracts case, how the NFL’s lockout came about, the league’s incessant refusal to show audited financial statements and many more topics.
Dunlevy writes, “Ultimately, if the league solves its revenue sharing process, it will be better able to negotiate with the players. However, at present the NFL owners’ failure to disclose financials seems to have more to do with shielding the data from one another than it does a desire to stall negotiations.”
He goes on to add: “The lockout rests firmly in the hands of the owners. They can put an end to this any time they choose.”
Check out the full summary of the conversation between Atallah and Dunlevy on Dunlevy’s site, 18to88.com.
According to the Associated Press, NFL players received 52.9 percent of incremental increases to all revenues under the NFL’s now-expired contract.
This fact comes despite the NFL’s repeated claims that 70 percent of extra revenues went to players.
“The NFL wants to artificially inflate the percentage of incremental revenue going to players by excluding revenues that never go to players,” NFLPA spokesman George Atallah said. “League officials … have been selling a lockout to owners based on misleading and incomplete financial information. They excluded the cost credits to be able to tell owners that player costs are rising faster than all revenues. This is not true.”
The 70 percent of incremental revenue assertion by the NFL is the only economic justification that the league ever offered for its giveback demands, and now, the lockout imposed by owners.
NFL Lockout Petition
- BOSTON GLOBE | Game day jitters
- KANSAS CITY STAR | Christian Okoye: Don’t deny the fans football
- NBC SPORTS | Goodell tells fans lockout is for them, too
- INDYSTAR | NFL considering 8-game regular season if lockout lingers?
- ESPN | Faces of lockout: Jets' seafood star
- INDY STAR - Held in limbo by NFL owners' fight for more money
- YAHOO SPORTS! - Undrafted players left just waiting around
- BUFFALO NEWS | NFL should end lockout while negotiations continue
- YAHOO! SPORTS | Players’ battle with owners not a lost cause
- FORBES | NFLPA Memo Details Chronology Of CBA Negotiations Over Past Four Years
- BOSTON HERALD | Poll: Owners ones to blame
- CHICAGO BREAKING SPORTS | Lance Briggs on workout bonus, lockout
- SPORTS ILLUSTRATED | Doty Leaves NFL, Players Waiting for Awarding of Damages in TV Case
- SEATTLE TIMES | Owners' greed is at the heart of the NFL lockout
- WASHINGTON POST | NFL owners are wrong, and don’t get it
- Associated Press | Return of lockout punctuates wild week in NFL
- USA TODAY | Scott Fujita: Credit DeMaurice Smith for helping to save NFL in 2011
- JOE POSNANSKI | Goodell to the Last Drop
- USA TODAY | Tom Brady: Putting name on suit is being 'part of the solution'
- ESPN | Judge's NFL lockout rulings: impressive
- YAHOO! SPORTS | Personalized training valuable during lockout
- CHRON | The most painful NFL labor update you will ever see
- NATIONAL FOOTBALL POST | NFLPA reacts to NFL Press Release
- WASHINGTON POST | For the lucky 32, the NFL is a league of their own
- CHARLOTTE OBSERVER | NFL lockout would be a home-field disadvantage
- ESPN | Federal judge rules NFL violated deal
- SPORTS ILLUSTRATED | Federal judge sides with players union in TV revenue dispute
- WASHINGTON POST | NFL owners should open their books to players
- SPORTS ILLUSTRATED | Ruling in TV revenues hearing may hold key to NFL labor dispute
- BOSTON HERALD | Fab Four of agents come out in support of DeMaurice Smith and players union
- BOSTON HERALD | NFL owner’s scorn bodes ill
- HUFFINGTON POST | NFL Lockout Would Slash Small Business Profits
- WASHINGTON POST | After a bloated Super Bowl in Dallas, it's time to rein in big game
- NEW YORK TIMES | What’s at Stake in the N.F.L. Labor Talks
- NEW YORK TIMES | For N.F.L., Lockout Would Be a Risky Strategy
- AMERICAN RIGHTS AT WORK | It all started with clean socks and jocks
- ESQUIRE | The NFL Lockout's Health-Care Data, Revealed
- TIME | Game Over: Should the NFL Show Players the Money?
- NFL PLAYERS ASSOCIATION | Top 10 CBA Articles During Super Bowl Week
- Forbes | More Numbers Show Labor Issue in NFL Far From Cut and Dry
- SB Nation | NFL Lockout Awareness At Center Of NFLPA's 'Let Us Play' Campaign
- Fox Business News on NFLPA Capitol Hill Day (1-19-11)
- Sports Business Digest | The NFLPA gets fans involved with #LETUSPLAY Day
- Awful: Roger Goodell Asks Fans to Side Against NFL Players
- Rep Shaun O'Hara prepares for lockout
- NFL Players Whistle Goldman in Labor Dispute
- The scorched earth of an NFL-less life
- Union: Talks have sense of urgency
- Why Did CBS Cut Jerry Jones' 60 Minutes Comments on the NFL Lockout?
- Reporter’s Notebook: Legislators home in on NFL-players labor skirmish
- CBS News (60 Minutes) | Jerry Jones: Will There Be an NFL Lockout?
- CBS News (60 Minutes) | Jerry Jones: Will There Be an NFL Lockout?
- The Columbus Dispatch | Gov. Strickland Asks NFL, Players to Strike a Deal
- Philadelphia Daily | News Disposable NFL players deserve their income
- ESPN | NFL, Players Can’t Agree On Impact
- Business Insider | Players Union Uses NFL's Own Numbers Against It in Labor Fight
- FanHouse | NFL Issues Ticket-Refund Policy in Case of 2011 Lockout
- WLUK-TV, FOX 11, Green Bay: NFLPA Reaches out to Political Leaders
- ArrowheadPride.com, Kansas City: NFLPA Sends Letters To Gov. Nixon, Mayor Funkhouser Regarding NFL Lockout
- Pittsburgh Post Gazette: NFL union: City revenue may shrink
- POLITICO: NFL union warns cities, states of lockout
- NFLPA's George Atallah on 106.7 the Fan Sports Junkies
- MSNBC l The Number One Problem Is The Books Are Closed
- USA TODAY l Kevin Mawae's Last NFL Fight: Keeping Players United in Labor
- WASHINGTON POST l Players Waging Battle Against Lockout Island
- STAR TRIBUNE l NFLPA Head: A Lockout Of This Game Is A Lockout Of America
- ESPN l Union: Health Care Would Stop In March
- CHARLOTTE OBSERVER l Panthers’ Kasay Gears Up For Possible Lockout