ATLANTA (Reuters) – Their war chest is full and the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) said on Thursday it is telling members to prepare for battle, with the current Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) set to expire in 2021.
Sounding very much like a lockout by owners is inevitable, NFLPA President Eric Winston told a news conference ahead of Sunday’s Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams that he had warned players to save their money and get into a gameday mindset.
Game - Tactics - Winston
“They’ve got to know what they are up against, they got to know what’s coming and they have to understand, just like in a game, the tactics that are going to be used against them and how to fight against it,” said Winston.
The current CBA was signed in 2011 after a 132-day lockout. It was a negotiation that players were widely seen as being on the losing side, and Winston indicated that the executive committee had learned its lesson.
NFLPA - Hundreds - Millions - Dollars - War
The NFLPA has “hundreds of millions of dollars in the war chest” and has made an effort to educate players, many of whom have never been part of CBA bargaining, about the negotiating process.
“We’re able to take the dues and put them away into an investable war chest for a work stoppage for that reason,” explained Winston.
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