Could an NFL lockout be nearing?
The NFL Players Association appears to think it’s a possibility, distributing to players an ominous “work stoppage ready” plan that urgies them to be prepared for “loss of income, loss of health insurance, increased training costs and loss of camaraderie and structure.”
The worksheet suggested players set aside half of each paycheck and get on their parents’ insurance if possible, adding that embarking on new business ventures wasn’t advised as players should instead focus on eliminating all non-mortgage debt by the end of 2020.
NFLPA has sent out a Work Stoppage Worksheet, asking NFL players to set aside half of each paycheck with a work stoppage “on the horizon.” Also suggests not starting new biz ventures & cutting all non-mortgage debt by end of 2020 season. pic.twitter.com/Xiy2gv6ntl
— Darren Heitner (@DarrenHeitner) July 24, 2019
Representatives for the NFL and NFLPA met last week in Chicago to discuss a new collective bargaining agreement, though the session initially slated to take place for three days ended after just one. However, the two sides are scheduled to reconvene July 29.
Despite the brevity, the NFL and NFLPA released a joint statement summarizing the meeting that took place as a “productive” one.
“Today’s meeting was productive, constructive and beneficial for both sides, and the meetings between the NFLPA’s Executive Committee and the NFL’s Management Council Executive Committee will continue,” the statement read.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell confirmed earlier this month that the league would like to have a new CBA in place before the start of the 2019 regular season, which kicks off Sept. 5 when the Bears host the Packers.
The current CBA is set to expire after the 2020 season.