A Peek Inside the New NFLPA Retired Members Directory
I just received my new semi-annual NFLPA Retired Members Directory for 2009 – 2011 so I thought it might be interesting to share the introductory pages with everyone. These guys must have some of the fastest printers in the country: This edition came hot off the press complete with DeMaurice Smith already listed as Executive Director. (More on this shortly…)
Conspicuously missing is any reference to that notorious GLA (Group Licensing Agreement) which the retired players successfully sued and won in a San Francisco courtroom late last year (and which is currently in appeal by Berthelsen and Kessler). In past editions, the number of signed GLAs were reported to be well over 2900, contradicting the numbers of players who were actually named in the list provided by the NFLPA during the trial. So I’m wondering: If the NFLPA is no longer offering a GLA to its retired players, does that mean we’re all free to develop, negotiate and promote our own licenses?
What communications with retired players?!! And what voice have retired players had so far? We’re not even allowed to vote let alone sit in on most meetings. And how about “A formal line of communication between active and retired players…?”
The Gene Upshaw Player Assistance Trust Fund – what more is there to say? (This qualifies as an oxymoron…)
Medicare Supplement Benefit
This is nothing more than a piggyback program with the AARP and most of us have found much better programs elsewhere with better benefits. You would think that with an organization of over 8,000 retired players that supposedly belongs to the AFL-CIO, we’d be able to negotiate a decent Medicare Supplement program.
Joint Replacement Program
Many of my friends may recall my months-long battle with Valerie Cross (the NFL’s Director of Player Benefits), Eden Haloway and Mary-Ann Fleming (the NFL’s Manager of Player Benefits) in trying to get reimbursement for some of the expenses involved with my left hip replacement last year. Not one single physical therapy session was ever paid for nor were any of my medications covered after wasting over days of my own time – and who knows how many hours of THEIR time. Read all about my fantastic Hip Replacement T-shirt HERE and the final check I received HERE.
I think everyone should call in and request copies of these reports just to read what they have to say.