The NFLPA will tell free agents not to sign with the Bears in new bill passes in Illinois

The Chicago Bears could be on the verge of becoming the least popular free agent destination in the NFL.NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith told 670 the Score on Saturday that if the Illinois state legislature passes a bill taking away workers’ compensation benefits from former athletes over the age of 35, the union will recommend free agents avoid Chicago...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Goodell could settle with Tom Brady out of court

Roger Goodell could have a significant amount of power stripped from him as it pertains to NFL discipline. As part of this potential power move by the NFLPA, the NFL could potentially settle with Tom Brady out of court in the Deflategate case, which would likely reduce Brady’s discipline significantly. Matthew Futterman of the Wall Street Journal detailed these issues thoroughly...
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March 15, 2016  |  Discuss

NFL ordered to return more than $100M it withheld from players

The Wall Street Journal reports the NFL has been ordered to return more than $100 million to the pool of revenue it shares with players. NFL Withheld Millions From Players — Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) February 23, 2016 The ruling found NFL owners mischaracterized $120 million of ticket revenue in the past three years by creating an exemption which kept...
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February 22, 2016  |  Discuss

NFLPA issues statement on Brady ruling, criticizes Goodell

The NFL Players Association currently is basking in NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s defeat. NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith released a statement on U.S. District Court Judge Richard Berman’s decision to vacate New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game suspension: “The rights of Tom Brady and of all NFL players under the collective bargaining agreement...
September 03, 2015  |  Discuss

NFLPA exec: Tom Brady settlement conference 'a productive day'

By Doug Kyed There’s no word on any closure to Deflategate yet, but apparently some progress was made during Wednesday’s settlement conference between Tom Brady and the NFL in New York. Brady left the court house at 5:20 p.m., signaling the end of the NFL and NFL Players Association’s meeting with District Court Judge Richard Berman. “We won’t be making a formal statement...
August 12, 2015  |  Discuss

DeMaurice Smith: NFL teams are blackballing Ray Rice

By Steve DelVecchio Can a running back who is 28 years old, missed an entire season of football and has a history with domestic violence be “blackballed” by NFL teams? NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith seems to think that is what is happening with former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice. “This, unfortunately, is a league that has a history...
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May 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Judge overturns Peterson suspension; NFL to appeal

By Vincent Frank So much for this being a slow time of the year around the NFL. As has been the case over the past several months, off-field issues are making headlines around the league. Hours after independent arbitrator and federal court judge David Doty ruled that the league could not apply the current personal conduct policy to Adrian Peterson stemming from his child abuse...
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February 26, 2015  |  Discuss

DeMaurice Smith Facing Four Challengers for NFLPA’s Top Position

The NFL Players Association will meet for its annual conference in Hawaii late next month. In that meeting, the union’s 32 team reps will elect who it deems should run the union moving forward. DeMaurice Smith has held the executive director post for the past six years. During his tenure, the union has been weakened considerably due to the current Collective Bargaining Agreement...
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February 15, 2015  |  Discuss

NFLPA boss: No Deflategate interviews until after SB

By Vincent Frank This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith indicated in a media session with reporters on Thursday that the league will not be interviewing players regarding Deflategate until after the conclusion of the Super Bowl.  With only a few days remaining until Super Bowl XLIX between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots...
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January 29, 2015  |  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

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