NFL Union Battles and the Future of Football

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Johnnie Lee Higgins #15 of the Oakland Raiders misses a pass against Eric Berry #29 of the Kansas City Chiefs during an NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 7, 2010. (Jed Jacobsohn/Getty)

The NFL management has accused its players of deliberately trying to decertify their own union. If no action is taken, the National Football League Players Association will be decertified at midnight tonight. Why would NFL players want to do this? To be able to sue. Unions are barred from filing anti-trust lawsuits against the league, but individual players would have this right without the unions and can make more money. However, players stand to lose benefits and a say in how the league is run.

To discuss this and what it means for the future of football is Richard Sandomir, sports, business and media columnist for The New York TimesNando di Fino, sports reoprter for the Wall Street Journal talks about how football fans play into this.

Guests:

Nando Di Fino and Richard Sandomir

Produced by:

Jillian Weinberger

Comments [1]

Ray from Saint Pete

Ok so i just retired in Oct 2010 after being 30 years in the union Local 824. I'm sorry guys but in these times that so many people out of work and losing homes and jobs are going over see's i think that both sides need to give and take. If it take a walk out and no foolball next season than so be it. Work it out both sides.

Mar. 11 2011 10:38 PM

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