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  • Published: May 18th, 2015
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Brady & the NFLPA need to shut up!

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Those of you that read FPS regularly know I have no love for either the League and Roger Goodell or the NFLPA. But really the NFLPA has to shut up about wanting an independent hearing officer for appeals of penalties.

The NFLPA wanted every cent possible for the current players in the last negotiations for the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

They sold out the retired players. They took every dime they could for the active players and totally ignored the needs of the retired players. If I was a former NFL player I would sue the NFLPA for lack of representation and support. The NFLPA claims to represent the retired players but all they do is throw the old folks under the bus. The sad part is that the retired players built the league so that the current players can make the money they enjoy. It reminds me of Joan of Arc. She led the french to a victory in the 100 years war against England. The French thanked her by burning her at the stake.

They negotiated away control of suspensions and fines. And they gave away the right to complain about wanting an independent arbitrator to hear appeals for more money now for their current players.

Now that they have the money, they want to complain about independent hearing officers. My words to them—SHUT UP! You got what you wanted and now you have to live with the result.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

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Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits https://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

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  • Published: Jun 2nd, 2014
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The NFL & NFLPA need to be investigated for abandoning ex-players.

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Open letter to Sen. Sherrod Brown and Sen. Rob Portman

The NFL and NFLPA have conspired to prevent retired players from getting the health care they have earned and deserve.

The NFL has falsely assumed that the NFLPA represents both current and retired players. That is not the case at all. The NFLPA has made it very clear by words and actions that they could care less about those no longer in the game. Given the opportunity to grant more money to retired players or the current players, they have chosen to screw the retirees and get more for the active guys.

By allowing the NFLPA to represent the retired players, the NFL has turned it back on those that need help the most. The NFL finally agreed to give the thousands of former players suffering from concussion syndrome a total of 765 million dollars for health care. That is not nearly enough given the skyrocketing cost of health care. The judge in the case has indicated that amount is likely not nearly enough to solve the health issues of the players involved.

Those that are particularly at risk are the players that retired before 1993. While the restructured program did a little more for those that retired after the implementation date of the CBA, those that retired before it went into effect are no better off. It has to be remembered that prior to 1993 players were paid much less than those that have played since.

I had a Hall of Fame player on my radio show last year that receives a “pension” from the NFL of less than $500 per month after more than 10 years of playing. The retirement was based on a percentage of the salary of the players which were considered to be “part time” jobs. Those that played in the 1960’s averaged $30,000 per year. By 1992 the average had grown to around $400 K but a few highly paid players skewed the average. In 2013 the average had grown to 1.9 million dollars.

Former Raider Dave Pear was on my show last week. He said the goal of the NFL and NFLPA in handling claims is to “deny until they die.”

Like most other players that retired before the 1993 CBA, he had to depend on the taxpayer via the workers compensation fund to get any help whatsoever. It is hard to believe that a Billion dollar a year business can force the taxpayers to fund those injured in the course of their uniquely dangerous employment.

The question now is what can the Federal Government do to solve these issues? First, the Attorney General needs to investigate the validity of the NFLPA to negotiate on behalf of the retired players. They also need to examine the amount of money set aside for retired players. Because the retired players had no representation in the negotiations, the existing agreements need to be struck down and restructured by a mediator.

The Labor department should also investigate how the NFL and NFLPA is allowed to under-fund health benefits and push the health costs to the taxpayer. While workers comp funds handle “normal” workers, dangerous professions like the police and fire departments are covered by special departments in most states. The same should be done for NFL players. Special risks demand special units that understand the issue that those people face.

Senators, we need your help in this. There are two teams in Ohio and thousands of retired players that are voters and that deserve your protection. Please help them with their issues not only for their sake but for the sake of taxpayers in the state. You both have the power to get this started and I have faith that if you do, you will be successful.

Thank you in advance for your help.

If you agree with me that this cause needs to be supported, please donate to help Dave Pear continue to get the truth out on . Thanks.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think.

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Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits https://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ and the live show Mondays at 6 PM Eastern time on .

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  • Published: May 30th, 2012
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Bob Grant’s update on the retired player issues.

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I wanted to share an update to the retired players with my readers.

Bob Grant will be joining us on Monday June 4 to bring us up to date on the issues that face retired players.  Please join me in supporting our retired players.  It was on their backs and their bodies that the NFL that we all love was built.

 

Communique on Retired Player Progress

Fellow Retired Players,

Just a moment to bring you up to speed on a few recent events.

The Independent Retired Player Summit, held in Las Vegas Last week was great.  Under the new format it was the best that we have had.  The Lawyers and Doctors presenting were allowed twenty minutes to introduce themselves and then given time to conduct individual workshops.  All gave great, interesting, informative and compact presentations.  The Players and Wives were given two hours each day for forums and discussion.  If you were unable to attend I can tell you that they were fantastic.  More than a dozen of them agreed to serve on a committee to work toward Improvement and Advancement of Retired Player Affairs and encouraging ALL Retired Players, from every quarter, to do the same , regardless of their affiliation.  Please be advised that no one elected the members of this Committee.  They are just volunteers and their hope is that you will join them in their future efforts to work toward Advancement and Improvement of our affairs..

Finally, the Courts seem to have rejected us in our attempt to get the NFLPA to pay everyone who was not included in the Parrish/Adderly Lawsuit.  While the NFLPA seems very pleased at getting to keep the money that should have been paid to you, the fact remains that they stole and sold Retired Players’ images and identities and sold them without compensating you.  The 2062 men that the Court forced them to pay in 2010 received up to $14,700.00 per man.  We will continue to pursue them until they pay you for what they did. 

We will also continue to work to get our one, two and three year man vested.  There are some who fail to realize that we are working for them in all that we do.  Hopefully they will see that all of our Advocates and Activist deserve their support.

This isn’t baseball where you are only allowed three (3) strikes and you are out.  We get to continue swinging until we are where we want to be.

 

Sincerely,

Bob Grant

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  • Published: Mar 27th, 2010
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Niblets for March 2010–We're BACK!

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Best comment of the month: “The retired NFL players are pawns in the CBA negotiations.”

by Marvin Cobb on Mar 19th, 2010

Well said, Bill. Thank you for speaking up for us old timers, as we continue to find our voice and stand up for ourselves. The Independent Advocates for Retired Players are gathering for the second year in a row in Las Vegas next month to educate and inspire our fellow former players to find our voices and stand up for better pensions and a reformed disability system that takes into account our unique health challenges. Again, thank you for your support.

I really appreciate all the comments we get. Your comments keep me writing this site. Marvin, I can not add anything to what you have said. Too often both the owners and active players seem to forget that it was the Jim Browns and thousands of other players that have made the game what it is today. Had it not been for them, the current guys would not be getting anything close to the money they enjoy.

 

Updates on previous columns:

What does the Williams’ case mean for the NFL’s drug policy?

We should know in 6 weeks the outcome in Minnesota state court. Hennepin County Judge Gary Larson has set an April 2nd deadline for both sides filing their final briefs and said that he would have a decision within 6 weeks of that date. On the line is every professional and college sports drug policy in the country. While this one judge will not be the final arbiter, it will one side the advantage of precedence.

American Needle v. NFL

We are still waiting for the decision of the US Supreme Court on this case. If the NFL loses the entire nature of professional leagues will be changed. We will keep you advised.

Does the NFL need to change the overtime rules?

The rule change was approved 28-4. That sounds very close to the vote on the last Collective Bargaining Agreement (30-2) and look how nicely that turned out.

The retired NFL players are pawns in the CBA negotiations.

Hopefully the new CBA will include more for the retired players. I have outlined DeMaurice Smith and the NFLPA’s options on dated March 18th. I outlined the leagues options and what a 2011 season without a CBA might look like in the article dated March 22nd. Check that out.

 

Niblets fresh from the cob:

Cleveland goes 19-0 and wins the 2010 Super Bowl–kind of.

Unfortunately that was not the Cleveland Browns, it was my Sportsims.net Cleveland team in the Elway League. If you are missing fantasy football, try a free league at Sportsims.net. It lets you trade players and draft choices, draft, and play a season a month. It’s great fun and it is absolutely free.

The nature of the 2010 NFL Draft

“It was the best of times and the worst of times.” No, I am not rewriting the great novels of history but this draft is exactly that. There are not a lot of big school top picks or the traditional senior “name brands” that the casual fan will recognize in this draft. Part of that is because there are so many juniors coming out this year. But this draft is the deepest draft I have seen in the last 10 years. Understand that I have been studying the draft since 1960 so I am kind of new at this.

The D prospects are particularly deep with a lot of small school guys that are outstanding prospects. Check out my “under the radar” columns in the NFLDraftDog.com blog area for the guys that I think will be real steals in the later rounds of the draft.

The NFL teams are taking advantage of the uncapped year.

Teams have used this uncapped year to eliminate bad contracts for overpaid players and cut their total salary liability. 12 teams are now under the 2090 minimum salary and more are headed there soon. DeMaurice Smith once said the NFLPA would never agree to a salary cap in the future. He is now preaching the value of a salary cap. That shows us all how much the economic downturn has impacted the teams.

That’s what I think. Tell me what you think.

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Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He is a senior writer for and edits https://fryingpansports.com. He is a regular contributor on Cleveland Sports Radio http://www.sportstalkcleveland.com/ Monday afternoons at 1 Eastern. He has also published several novels on

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