After conference call, NFL players decide not to vote on owners’ proposal
|07.21.11 at 10:13 pm ET|
After a conference call late Thursday night involving NFLA Players Association chief DeMaurice Smith and 32 player reps that lasted just over 90 minutes, the NFLPA decided not to vote on the proposal that was given to the players earlier in the day by the owners.
The initial proposal, which was ratified by the owners by a vote of 31-0 after a day of meetings in Atlanta, was derided by many players late Thursday night as a bully tactic designed to force them to agree to a deal they either hadn’t yet seen or had the chance to ask questions about. In addition, NFLPA officials insisted that many of the points of the deal that was agreed on by the owners remain unresolved, a point Smith hit on in a pre-call e-mail that he sent to players:
‘As you know, the Owners have ratified their proposal to settle our differences. It is my understanding they are forwarding it to us. As you may have heard they apparently approved a supplemental revenue sharing proposal. Obviously, we have not been a part of those discussions. As you know from yesterday, issues that need to be collectively bargained remain open, other issues such as workers compensation, economic issues and end of deal terms remain unresolved. There is no agreement between the NFL and the Players at this time. I look forward to our call tonight.’