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NFL & NFLPA enact new concussion protocol

Posted by Chris Brown on July 25, 2016 – 5:01 pm

The NFL and NFLPA announced an agreement to enforce the NFL Game Day Concussion Protocol and discipline clubs that violate it. Under the new policy, the NFL and NFLPA will follow a strict and fair process to investigate incidents and determine appropriate discipline, including club fines and possible forfeiture of draft picks. 

According to the policy, the NFL and NFLPA will each designate a representative to monitor the implementation of the protocol and investigate potential violations. The investigation will not reach medical conclusions; it will only determine whether the protocol was followed. 

Following the investigation, the NFL and NFLPA will review the findings to determine if a violation occurred and, if so, to recommend the proper disciplinary response. If the parties are unable to agree, the matter will be brought to a third party arbitrator. After conducting a thorough review, the arbitrator will issue a report to the Commissioner, NFLPA Executive Director and the involved parties.

As jointly agreed to by the NFL and NFLPA, the Commissioner retains absolute discretion in determining penalties for violations of the concussion protocol. 

Potential disciplinary action includes:

A first violation will require the club employees or medical team members involved to attend remedial education; and/or result in a maximum fine of $150,000 against the club.

Second and subsequent violations of the concussion protocol will result in a minimum fine of $100,000 against the club.

In the event the parties agree that a violation involved aggravating circumstances, the club shall be subject, in the first instance, to a fine no less than $50,000. The Commissioner shall determine appropriate discipline for subsequent violations involving aggravating circumstances.

In the event that the Commissioner determines that the club’s medical team failed to follow the protocol due to competitive considerations, the Commissioner may require the club to forfeit draft pick(s) and impose additional fines exceeding those amounts set forth above.

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NFL comment on proposed Bills film

Posted by Chris Brown on October 11, 2012 – 3:36 pm

After a story on a proposed NFL-based film called Draft Day being in the works and seeking the backing of the NFL, the league released the following statement in response to the New York Magazine report.

The league comments read as follows. 

We are approached weekly with movie and TV scripts. We review them carefully and have expressed interest in this particular film. It is still in the early stages. We are not investing in the project.

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Refs back on field

Posted by Chris Brown on September 27, 2012 – 7:28 am

Here’s the statement from the NFL and NFLRA on the new agreement reached on an eight-year deal.

The NFL and NFLRA are pleased to announce that they have reached an agreement tonight on an eight-year collective bargaining agreement, subject to ratification by the NFLRA.

“Our officials will be back on the field starting tomorrow night,” Commissioner Roger Goodell said. “We appreciate the commitment of the NFLRA in working through the issues to reach this important agreement.”

“Our Board of Directors has unanimously approved taking this proposed CBA to the membership for a ratification vote,” said Scott Green, president of the NFLRA. “We are glad to be getting back on the field for this week’s games.”

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NFLPA re-established

Posted by Chris Brown on July 30, 2011 – 11:21 am

According to NFL Network reporter Albert Breer, the players have re-established themselves as a union. That was the first step. The Bills themselves voted Friday on recertification.

AlbertBreer It’s official – In advance of today’s CBA negotiations, the NFLPA has reestablished itself as a union. Done deal, trade association no more.

Now the NFLPA and the league will meet this weekend to negotiate the final terms of the new CBA.

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