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October 23, 1987 | From Inquirer Wire Services
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.
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February 3, 2006 | By Ashley Fox INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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September 2, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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April 6, 1993 | by Paul Domowitch, Daily News Sports Writer
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.
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July 6, 1990 | The Inquirer Staff
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.
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February 25, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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December 7, 2006 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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October 3, 1995 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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September 21, 2011 | BY PAUL HAGEN, hagenp@phillynews.com
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.
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October 28, 2004 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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September 12, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN AND PAUL DOMOWTICH, Daily News Staff Writers bowenl@phillynews.com, pdomo@aol.com
EAGLES CORNERBACK Cary Williams was Ray Rice's teammate for three seasons with the Baltimore Ravens. When Williams was asked to talk about Rice's banishment from the NFL yesterday, after TMZ posted a video of Rice knocking out his then-fiancée and now wife, Janay, that friendship was on Williams' mind, along with his own missteps. "I understand hitting a woman is very, very disrespectful, and it's something I wouldn't want my daughter ever going through," Williams said. "But we gotta also understand people make mistakes.
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April 25, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
TROY VINCENT yesterday reiterated remarks the NFL executive vice president of football operations originally made last month, saying that during his 15-year career as a defensive back, eight of which were spent with the Eagles, Vincent played with half a dozen openly gay teammates. After yesterday's roundtable discussion in New York between NFL officials and members of the Associated Press Sports Editors, Vincent told the Daily News some of those players were Eagles. He did not elaborate.
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April 18, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
An arbitrator ruled that DeSean Jackson owes former agent Drew Rosenhaus $516,415 in loans and fees, sources close to the situation told The Inquirer. Rosenhaus had filed a grievance with the NFL Players Association last June, claiming that the former Eagles wide receiver owed him more than $700,000 in unpaid loans and fees. Arbitrator Roger Kaplan, using the NFLPA's agent regulations, announced his decision on Tuesday. Jackson plans to appeal the ruling, according to his spokeswoman.
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November 1, 2013 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
JRUE HOLIDAY was traded to the Pelicans in the offseason but he'll always be a Sixer at heart. We know that because on Wednesday night he made a bit of a gaffe while warming up the crowd before New Orleans' home opener against the Pacers. "Yo, how you doing Pelicans fans?" asked Holiday. "On behalf of myself and the Sixers we want to welcome you all to the first Pelicans game this year. Yo, let's turn it up. We have a great city and we're so excited so let's turn up. C'mon!" You could tell he wasn't in Philly because the Pelicans fans still gave him a thunderous ovation.
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August 9, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
IF DICK VERMEIL were coaching the Eagles, he'd go with Michael Vick. Of course, Vermeil is 76 now and he isn't coaching the Eagles, hasn't in 3 decades. But Vermeil was watching Chip Kelly's training-camp practice with the Patriots yesterday, and it was an obvious question to ask him. "It doesn't make any difference what I think. I don't see 'em every day," Vermeil said by way of disclaimer. "I've seen Michael Vick play a lot over the years, and I just kind of believe when it all boils down . . . if I were going to bet on it, I would bet on him. " Vermeil was not dismissive of Nick Foles, who started six games as a third-round rookie in 2012.
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April 24, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
THE NFL is increasing security for this week's draft at Radio City Music Hall, with everyone subject to screenings, including use of metal detectors and pat-downs, and searches of personal property. Even league officials, players and their families will be subject to such measures. The league said Tuesday that spectators who don't consent to the security requirements will be refused admission. The draft begins Thursday night and has sessions Friday night and Saturday afternoon.
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February 3, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - The NFL is just 17 months into a 10-year labor agreement with its players. You would think the relationship between the league and the NFL Players Association would be all warm and fuzzy right now. You would think commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith would be having a lot of three-martini lunches together and plotting how to make a filthy-rich league even filthy richer. You would think. Truth is, the two sides have spent much more time together in court and grievance hearings since shaking hands on a new CBA in August 2011 than they have sipping martinis.
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February 1, 2013 | BY PAUL DOMOWITCH, Daily News Staff Writer pdomo@aol.com
NEW ORLEANS - The NFL is about to take another significant step toward better in-game diagnosis of concussions. Jeff Pash, the league's general counsel, said at a news conference Thursday the league will have independent neurological consultants on the sideline during games starting next season. This season, the league put a certified trainer up in the booth during games to help with concussion diagnosis. It also installed replay monitors on the sideline for use by team training and medical staffs to review injuries.
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November 3, 2012
In the aftermath of Sandy, the Pittsburgh Steelers are turning their visit to New Jersey this weekend to face the Giants into a day trip. Left without a place to stay Saturday night because their hotel in Jersey City, N.J., has no power, the Steelers will fly into Newark on Sunday morning for their 4:25 p.m. game that day with the Giants, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. They will eat a pregame meal at a hotel near the airport and then take buses to MetLife Stadium for the game, then charter home later that night.
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October 19, 2012 | Daily News Wire Reports
THE NFL Players Association filed papers in federal court pointing out that the NFL permitted a 1996 incentive program for big hits funded by then-Green Bay defensive lineman Reggie White. In papers filed Thursday in U.S. District Court, the union questioned why NFL commissioner Roger Goodell should be able to suspend former Saints linebacker Scott Fujita for offering then-New Orleans teammates rewards for big plays during the 2009 season. The filing cited media reports about the late White's "smash-for-cash" program that paid $500 for big plays, including big hits.
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