According to Andrew Brandt of ESPN.com the NFLPA has begun to splinter in the wake of the decertification that took place last month. Despite the seemingly united front portrayed by the players’ union, all is not well on the NFLPA side of things. Currently, the owners are locking out the players. To combat that the NFLPA has decertified (meaning it is no longer a union) and several players have filed a class-action suit against the NFL owners.
Well now, a group of about 70 mid-level NFL players have banded together and are about to intervene in the on-going NFLPA suit so they can have their side of the argument heard. It seems as though Roger Goodell was able to connect with the mid-to-low level group of players in the NFL in his recent batch of correspondences and now the rest of the league is wondering whether what’s good for the goose is good for the gander.
Whereas the the top-tier players in the league are somewhat insulated, the mid-to-lower tier players are not as financially secure. Now the owners seem to have driven a wedge between the have’s and the have-not’s in the NFL and that will help them in their negotiations long-term. Veteran linebacker Mike Vrabel understands what is at stake, Vrabel said that abandoning the cause in this way would be the wrong way to demonstrate dissatisfaction:
“We all have a seat at the table already. If they’re unhappy, then we should get together and elect a new executive board,” he said.
Unfortunately, the NFLPA is currently acting as a divided front, thus weakening their bargaining position. If things are going to get better everyone just needs to cut the crap and get back to negotiating.
For those interested, here is the ESPN.com report: