NFLPA’s Smith says he won’t take salary
March 18, 2011 4:28PM
MARCO ISLAND, Fla. (AP) — NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith says he won’t take a salary during the league’s lockout.
Smith also said Friday that the letter NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sent to all active players a day earlier wasn’t an attempt to engage in good-faith negotiations. The league could attempt to restart the negotiations by writing, instead, to lawyers representing the players now that the union has dissolved.
The NFLPA says labor negotiations broke down last week because the owners’ last proposal would have made salaries a fixed cost and eliminated the players’ chance to share in higher-than-projected revenue growth.
NFLPA permanent player representative Pete Kendall calls the league’s offer “kind of the old switcheroo.”