Retired Players File Suit Against NFL
Current NFL players and owners have been negotiating on a new CBA during the long lockout. Retired players want to be more involved in the discussions. A group of former players filed a class-action lawsuit in federal court against current players and owners yesterday. Two of the named plaintiffs include hall of fame running backs Franco Harris and Marcus Allen. Here is more from the AP and espn.com.
The retired players say that NFL owners, the NFL Players’ Association and a group of current players including star quarterbacks Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees are “conspiring to depress the amounts of pension and disability benefits to be paid to former NFL players in order to maximize the salaries and benefits to current NFL players.”
While owners and current players fight tooth and nail over how to distribute $9 billion, retired players feel they have been excluded from the dispute, and now are trying to force themselves into the discussion.