Posts Tagged ‘NFL’

ESPN’s Rick Reilly Shoots Wide of Target With Ill-Informed Anti-Union Column

Yesterday ESPN columnist Rick Reilly published one of the most inaccurate attacks on unions that we’ve seen this year, which, if you follow workers’ rights, you know is saying something. Reilly clumsily sets forth the following argument: Golfers don’t have guaranteed income, which Reilly assumes means their pay is tied to sporting performance, which he likes. Professional golfers also don’t have a union, so in Reilly’s view this means that players unions in other sports are bad. In this case, Reilly’s claims about the PGA are erroneous, and his attack on players unions is flawed. Read more »


Take action! Save local communities from a football lockout!

Thanksgiving is tomorrow, which means for most American families a day of eating excessive amounts of turkey and pumpkin pie, then sitting in a food coma on the couch and watching football. I say most families because somewhere along the line, my family started the bizarre tradition of watching Fiddler on the Roof. We’re not normal.

Football is one of America’s most beloved pastimes. We have an entire culture built around watching it. But the NFL is ready to call a time-out and forbid players from hitting the field next season. Why? Because they want to completely eliminate ALL healthcare benefits for the athletes and their families, in addition to other ridiculous concessions. Read more »


Low blow: The NFL’s ugly plan to cut health care coverage during a lockout

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell recently announced that players would be responsible for any healthcare costs incurred during a league lockout. This kind of threat demonstrates the difficulties workers face in seeking a fair day’s pay—on and off the field.

A lockout occurs when an employer, not a union, decides to stop work. In doing so, the employer hopes to force employees into a more desirable bargaining position, usually one that requires employees to make concessions in their next contract. In the case of the NFL, the owners have hinted at the use of a lockout to force concessions from the players and their union, the NFL Players Association. Read more »


Locking out NFL players? Bad for football fans, bad for working families

This past weekend the NFL kicked off its season with much fanfare and, despite my beloved Cowboys losing, the season started off great. Unfortunately, the labor agreement between the team owners and the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) does not have such a sunny outlook.

In fact, the owners have ended their collective bargaining agreement with the NFLPA a year before it was due to expire. According to the owners, honoring the agreement with their players means operating at a loss, but the owners refuse to offer proof. Read more »