It’s here! The 2008 NFLPA LM-2!
Getting our hands on the NFLPA’s 2007 LM-2 financial report to the US Dept. of Labor was as close as we can get to a forensic audit of how the Union spent (or misspent) everyone’s money (read that post from last February about 2007′s LM-2 HERE). And once again, it took a while to find it and even longer to download (crashed my browser a few times) and save as a PDF file (crashed a couple of times again!). But now we have all 810 pages of this file and it was around 5 Meg of data. Then we also had to break it up into smaller sections so the special document viewer wouldn’t choke on it. So at last, here it is!
Some interesting things we noticed on first glance:
It was signed by NFLPA President Kevin Mawae and new Executive Director DeMaurice Smith on May 28th, 2009 (like last year). But DeMaurice Smith wasn’t the head honcho in 2008. It was Gene Upshaw until August 2008 and then General Counsel Richard Berthelsen was acting Executive Director until a permanent replacement was put in place this year. Does that make DeMaurice Smith fiscally responsible for what happened last year BEFORE his watch?
You may remember the Jeff Nixon post about Drew Brees and the ensuing comments from retired players about his callous attitude towards them (read that HERE). Guess what? On Page 14 under the section All Officers and Disbursements to Officers, Brees was paid a total of $434,847 as Vice President of the NFLPA (page 14). While we haven’t yet looked into the details of what all that money was for, he was definitely better paid than former President Troy Vincent who only received $24,841 (before he was kicked out by Gene Upshaw for bringing up the idea of a successor) and current President Kevin Mawae, who received a paltry $27,442. Now we understand! Perhaps THAT’S why they call Drew Brees VICE President! All the other Vice Presidents received around $20 – $25,000 apiece last year (?).
And 2008 Executive Director Gene Upshaw received $1,256,281 while Richard Berthelsen got $1,013,351 last year. But wait! There’s more! Andre Collins, Director of Retired Players, received a total of $155,957 (page 18) while Director of Human Resources, Mary Moran, (daughter of snitch Congressman Jim Moran) made even more salary at $207,335 (page 26)!
We’re going to spend a week or two collectively looking over this piece of documentation and we’ll probably be posting a lot more observations as we find them. In the meantime, if any of our readers find any interesting gems and tidbits, please feel free to add your comments or send them to us so we can include them in a future post.
HOW TO USE DOCSTOC: You can enlarge the viewing window simply by clicking the FULL SCREEN button in the upper right corner of the navigation menu bar at the top. You can also download each section by clicking on the DocStoc button to go to their site where you’ll have a download option. And, of course, you can search for names or items simply by typing it into the search bar in the upper left corner of the menu bar and then clicking GO.
Part 1 – Sections 1 – 17 • Pages 1 – 94:
Part 2 – Section 18 Part 1 • Pages 95 – 345:
Part 3 – Section 18 Part 2 • Pages 346 – 594:
Part 4 – Section 18 Part 3 & Sections 19 -20 • Pages 595 – 810: