Tonight on NNR Evan Weiner of NewJerseyNewsroom.com will join us to discuss the latest in the concussion law suits and other NFL issues. Join us at 6 PM EDT on www.justin.tv/papaburl or fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.
I congratulate the NFL for stepping up to tell the world and the retired players that they will spend whatever it takes to provide the healthcare the players need. But the promise to pay is half of the issue. The other half is how the agreement will be implemented.
Unfortunately, the history of the NFL caring for their retired players is bleak at best. As I have argued before, the retired players have no representation in negotiations between the NFL and NFLPA. Former NFLPA head Gene Upshaw admitted that he was only representing the current players.
As a result, even when retired players got some crumbs off the table, the NFL and NFLPA made it nearly impossible for the players in need to actually qualify for the help they needed. The league and players association have installed middle men that were paid based on how little money they dispensed.
If the same type of “pay for no pay” system is part of this settlement, things for … Read more at FryingPanSports