National Football League Players Association
Unable to decide how to divvy up $9 billion a year, NFL owners and players put the country’s most popular sport in limbo Friday hours before their contract expired. The union decertified; the league imposed a lockout.
A member of the players’ negotiating team says the union and the NFL have agreed to a 24-hour extension in labor talks.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and all 10 members of the owners’ labor committee have left a mediation session with the players’ union after about four hours of talks.
Representatives of the NFL, the NFLPA and the four equipment companies that make every helmet worn in the league all say there is no such thing as a football helmet that eliminates concussions.
The players union has rejected a proposal from the NFL on long-term care for former players, saying the supplemental policy would exclude too many of them.