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NFLPA: “Massive step backwards” in talks on Goodell’s disciplinary role

this is a discussion within the NFL Community Forum; According to NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith, they were a closer before a “dramatic change of course” from the league. In an email to the union’s executive committee obtained by Jim Trotter of ESPN, Smith wrote that the change represented ...

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Old 03-23-2016, 05:45 PM   #1
 
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NFLPA: “Massive step backwards” in talks on Goodell’s disciplinary role

According to NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith, they were a closer before a “dramatic change of course” from the league. In an email to the union’s executive committee obtained by Jim Trotter of ESPN, Smith wrote that the change represented “a massive step backwards from where negotiations stood several weeks ago.”

Smith writes that the league’s proposal includes a “new position” that “neutral arbitration is NOT a part of this negotiation” and Smith’s emphasis makes a point of how much of a problem that would be after the union’s spent years arguing in favor of more neutral arbitration in the disciplinary process. The NFL has been just as adamant on the other side of the issue.

The email also outlines disagreements on two other points. Per Smith, the NFLPA “gave tentative approval” to a league idea that three former judges serve as a jointly selected arbitration panel but that idea is not included in the most recent proposal.

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