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Outside the Lines will air “Content of Character” roundtable

Outside the Lines will be airing what is being called a “Content of Character” roundtable on Sunday morning at 8 AM on ESPN2 (and at 9 AM on ESPNEWS) in observance of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The roundtable will feature the executive directors from the MLB, NBA, and NFL players unions, and will be moderated by ESPN’s Jay Harris. The roundtable, featuring...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

DeMaurice Smith faces challenge to position of NFLPA chief

  Michigan-based attorney Jim Acho says he's running for executive director of the NFL Players Association. The 44-year-old Acho has represented retired players and been an advocate for improving pension and medical benefits. He says he expects to have no trouble obtaining the support of at least three current player representatives on the board of directors, which is the requirement...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

NFLPA Director Smith goes on offensive against NFL

Fresh off “independent” arbitrator Harold Henderson upholding the league’s suspension of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, the players association continues to throw shade at the NFL in a series of public remarks. NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith lashed out at the National Football League and Roger Goodell in a strongly-worded statement...
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December 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Goodell, union chief Smith meeting on league's personal conduct policy

NEW YORK -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and players' union chief DeMaurice Smith are meeting Tuesday to discuss the league's personal conduct policy. The NFL Players Association has been unhappy with what it calls "lack of transparency" in the NFL's policy. Smith has said the only way to have a fair policy is if the NFL and owners "commit to collective bargaining." The NFL counters...
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November 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Better late than never: 'Money Manziel' gets business lesson at NFLPA Rookie Premiere

Johnny Football is learning a lot more about being 'Money Manziel' this weekend. The Browns quarterback, along with 29 of the best rookies in football, were in Los Angeles Friday for the annual NFL Players Association Rookie Premiere. Players attending the event had the chance to meet with sponsors, partners and licensees in their first major marketing event, which is designed to...
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May 31, 2014  |  Discuss

DeMaurice Smith Criticizes Roger Goodell Over NFL Discipline Policies

As the head of the NFL Players Association, it is DeMaurice Smith’s responsibility to do the best he can to represent each and every player around the league. Often times, this means going up against commissioner Roger Goodell.  This is now the case, especially after the league has refused to step in on the whole Jim Irsay situation. If you remember correctly, the Indianapolis...
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May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

NFLPA President DeMaurice Smith Supports Fight Of Student Athletes

The labor conversation surrounding college athletes is understandably a touchy subject for many people, a large percentage of which choose to stay on the sidelines, rather than getting personally involved and throwing in their own voice. NFL Players Association president DeMaurice Smith elected not to be one of those individuals, penning an article posted on […] NFLPA President...
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April 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Union: NFL HGH testing held up by appeals process

When the Super Bowl ends, three complete seasons will have come and gone without testing for human growth hormone - even though the NFL and the players' union originally paved the way to check for that drug in August 2011. NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith said Thursday that HGH testing is still being held up by a disagreement with the league over whether...
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January 30, 2014  |  Discuss

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