October 23, 1987 |
The NFL Players Association has failed to provide the federal government with required financial statements, the San Diego Union reported yesterday. Using financial reports obtained through the Department of Labor Management Standards, the newspaper said the NFLPA had not complied in 2 1/2 years with the 1959 Landrum-Griffin Act, which requires unions to report their financial conditions every year. The most recent report on file for the NFLPA was for a three-month period ending Feb. 28, 1985, and it was tagged with the notation "Special Short Year.
February 3, 2006 |
The NFL Players Association will start making plans to decertify if a deal isn't reached before March 3 to extend the league's collective-bargaining agreement, the union's executive director Gene Upshaw said yesterday. Using strong words that should rattle NFL owners who are feuding over sharing revenues, Upshaw said the NFLPA was prepared to "cease to be a union" in 2008 to keep the league from locking out the players if a new agreement cannot be reached. "It'd be pretty tough to lock us out if we're not there," Upshaw said at the union's annual Super Bowl news conference.
September 2, 2009 |
The NFL Players Association has confirmed it is the target of a federal investigation into whether union leaders attempted to collude with NFL officials by holding secret meetings to discuss labor talks. NFLPA official George Atallah said yesterday the union has been cooperating with the Department of Labor probe, which came to light in a lawsuit filed against the union last week by NFLPA employee Mary Moran. She claims she was wrongfully removed from her job as director of human resources and placed on administrative leave with pay on Aug. 3 because of her role as a confidential informant in the investigation.
April 6, 1993 |
Norman Braman is one of the most powerful owners in the NFL. When he talks, his colleagues listen. He is chairman of the committee that oversees the league's merchandising cash cow, NFL Properties. He is a key member of both the expansion and Super Bowl site selection committees. He helped get Paul Tagliabue elected commissioner. He helped to kill instant replay. And he was the point man in the league's refusal to award a Super Bowl to Arizona several years ago until it honored Martin Luther King with a holiday.
July 6, 1990 |
The NFL Management Council and the league's 28 teams filed an antitrust suit in federal court yesterday against the NFL Players Association. The suit, filed in Minneapolis, charged the NFLPA with illegally coordinating player-agent activity in negotiations involving rookies and veteran free agents. It also charged that sharing of salary information between agents and the NFLPA represents unlawful restraint on commerce in violation of federal antitrust law. Jack Donlan, executive director of the management council, said that the NFLPA contends that it is not a labor union but that it continues to act like one. "If the NFLPA isn't a union," Donlan said in a statement, "then its activities in exchanging salary data and coordinating bargaining with the agents are illegal.
February 25, 2009 |
The NFL Players Association has retained a lawyer to determine whether one of its leading candidates to become executive director - former Eagle Troy Vincent - revealed confidential information about player agents. "Counsel is also investigating what if anything was done with any personal information that may have been transmitted," the union said in a statement released yesterday. The union has retained Joseph Yablonski, who has worked with the NFLPA as an outside counsel in the past.
December 7, 2006 |
New York Giants linebacker LaVar Arrington equated the players union with organized crime yesterday, 24 hours before he was scheduled to testify before Congress at a hearing involving his former agent. Lawmakers will be looking into the NFL Players Association's suspension of Arrington's former agent, Carl Poston, stemming from his handling of a contract the linebacker signed with Washington near the end of the 2003 season. Arrington contends the union acted unfairly in taking away Poston's livelihood.
October 3, 1995 |
A former employee of the NFL players union was sentenced to five months in prison for embezzling more than $70,000 from the organization. U.S. District Judge Stanley Harris also ordered John Walker Jr. to repay more than $24,000. Walker, 31, had been a research assistant for the NFL Players Association in Washington. He processed applications from sports agents who wished to be certified by the union and renewed applications from previously certified agents. The initial application fee for accreditation is $400 and the renewal charge is $800 and were often sent by checks payable to the NFLPA or the defendant, said U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Eric Holder Jr. Holder said Walker opened an account in the name of the Negro Family League Protection Alliance, the same acronym as the association.
September 21, 2011 |
NOW THAT the National Football League has settled its labor issues, the season has begun and everything appears right about the league. Almost . . . Last week, 28 former NFL players, including Chuck Bednarik, filed a class-action federal lawsuit against the NFL Players Association, seeking at least $5 million in damages. The lawsuit alleges current players interfered with negotiations on the new collective bargaining agreement and kept money from the retirees. NFLPA spokesman Carl Francis said the union had no comment on the lawsuit.
October 28, 2004 |
Gene Upshaw told NFL owners yesterday he believes eight powerful teams have obtained an unfair advantage over the other 24. And the Eagles are one of those teams. "When we started this process, there were 14 teams above the average and 14 below it, and everyone was close enough to keep things fair," the executive director of the NFL Players Association said. "Now we have eight haves and 24 have-nots and the haves are getting a discount on everything. " In addition to the Eagles, Forbes Magazine listed Washington, Dallas, Houston, New England, Denver, Cleveland and Chicago as the other top teams.