When the NFLPA agreed to pay NFL players a $25-million settlement for overpaying them for their participation in the 2011 and 2012 lockout, it sent the message that it would stand behind players and their rights.
The NFLPA also put pressure on NFL owners to sign on to the deal and allow the league to play in a new league.
But the NFL has not been shy about its opposition to the agreement.
The NFLPA had been pushing to have a new collective bargaining agreement for years, but had not made it clear that it wanted one until now.
In the wake of the settlement, the league and union reached an agreement.
Now that the deal has been signed, the union and the NFL are working together on a new deal.NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith said that the union is confident the agreement will improve players’ lives and make it easier for the league’s owners to continue to play games without restrictions.
Smith also said that it will provide a much-needed cushion for players who may be on the verge of losing their jobs.NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who also negotiated the agreement, said that players are getting better pay and benefits for their efforts, and that they will be rewarded for the sacrifices they make.
Goodell said that all sides have committed to work through the lockout and have agreed to work on a deal that works for everyone.NFL owners are expected to meet this week and begin the process of negotiating a new contract.
The league and players are expected later this month.