And Another Shot from the Left

Aug 21, 2009

Chalk up another one for the old guys! Retired players are so sick and tired of getting ripped off every time they turn around. We recently came across an article that Electronic Arts was partnering with The Weather Channel to pay them for weather statistics to make Madden Football X more “realistic” – but they DON’T want to pay the retired football players themselves for their stats in order to make the game more “realistic”. I wonder when they’re planning on screwing around with the weather so they won’t have to pay for that either. Read all about the weather by clicking HERE.

So when you use the retired players’ likenesses right down to their race, size and stats, is that realistic enough for you, EA? But you don’t want to pay for that and you want to pay for the weather? Recently, EA announced that they were no longer going to be using retired players in their video games. Ha!

Anyway, that leads us to another news item. Bob Stein (1969 – 1975 Kansas City Chiefs, LA Rams, Minnesota Vikings and San Diego Chargers) is spearheading a new Class Action Lawsuit against the NFL for distributing footage of old games through their film distribution arm, NFL Films. Here’s their synopsis:

“Six retired National Football League (NFL) players have filed a class action lawsuit against the NFL. The lawsuit challenges the unauthorized use of the retired players’ names, images, and likenesses to promote the NFL brand and otherwise produce revenue for the NFL.  The players, Fred Dryer, Jim Marshall, Elvin Bethea, Joe Senser, Dan Pastorini, and Ed White, allege the NFL has earned substantial revenue by using the identities of retired NFL football players to promote the League’s “glory days”.  The NFL’s efforts to use its past to promote its brand have allowed the NFL to obtain revenues from current fans of the game.  The NFL’s total revenue exceeded an estimated $6.9 billion in 2008 alone.

The NFL has become the most powerful and profitable sport in America over many years through the sacrifice of the players who played the game.  Many of those now-retired NFL players suffer from severe physical limitations, pain, and disabilities as a result of the sacrifices they made – sacrifices the NFL now uses to promote itself.  Through their suit, the retired NFL players seek a fair share of the revenues the NFL has earned, and will earn, by using the images of former players who helped build the NFL brand into what it is today.

“The evolution of television and channels like ESPN and The NFL Network, along with online media, has brought the issue front and center,” said Bob Stein, an eight-year NFL veteran and attorney representing the players. “Retired players who helped build the League and are being used to promote it today deserve to be paid for what they have contributed to generate money for the NFL.  This is a chance for the League to show it wants to do the right thing,” said Stein.  Charles Zimmerman, who is representing the players along with Stein, said “This is an opportunity for the NFL to resolve an important issue and properly acknowledge the role its alumni play as a continuing source of revenue for the League.  We hope both the League and its retired players are able to move forward in a mutually respectful and equitable way.”

The retired players are represented by Bob Stein, LLC and Zimmerman Reed, PLLP.”

They’ve set up a website (Retired Football Players Lawsuit) where you can get more information as well as to sign on to the suit as one of the class litigants. Click HERE to sign up (or just click on the Lawsuit image above.). As soon as word came in, Dave signed on immediately as he completely agrees with the suit. We’re passing this along to our readers so you can all join in sending them another clear message that You’re Mad as Hell and You’re Not Going to Take It Any More!

And you can read ProFootballTalk‘s article about the lawsuit by clicking HERE.

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  4. Kathy Smith
    August 22nd, 2009 at 9:16 pm #

    Kathy & Lucious Smith
    Lou attended a John Madden golf tournament in Pismo Beach way back when, to help John have a successful golf tournament.

    Who would have known that today he would be using retired players’ blood, sweat and tears to make money for himself and non-retired players? And not even consider them at all in his success for making money. It was all founded on players from the past.

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  6. George Visger
    August 23rd, 2009 at 9:31 pm #

    George Visger
    Where in the hell is Steve Largent? He’s a big time lawmaker now. Is he in there swinging with Dave Pear or just sitting on the sidelines? It’s time to take the gloves off and start kicking ass. Everyone who has ever played this game should be pissed.

    George Visger
    San Francisco 49’ers 1980 – 1981

  7. Dave Pear
    August 24th, 2009 at 10:22 am #

    Dave & Heidi Pear
    Hi George,

    Steve Largent asked me over a year ago to remove him from my contact list for the blog. Steve is part of Commissioner Goodell’s hand-picked ALLIANCE, so I suppose he must curry favor to the hand that feeds him. He had actually contacted me earlier on behalf of Commissioner Goodell but apparently once they realized what we stood for, he decided to sever any contact with us.

    At this time, the ONLY retired players that support the NFLPA or the NFL fall into one of these three categories:

    1) Employees of the NFLPA or NFL;

    2) Business partners;

    3) Those who have direct or indirect financial gains (in some way) by supporting the actions of the NFLPA or NFL.

    The vast majority of retired players (possibly as high as 95%) are treated as the enemy and are NOT part of this inner circle.

    Steve Largent was a great player; however, he is no friend of retired players that are not part of this small inner circle that curry favor to the League for profit.

    Largent is part of the whitewash that Commissioner Goodell and the NFLPA have been using in an attempt to mislead Congress on pension/disability benefits for retired players.

    Nothing more than a PR stunt!

    Dave & Heidi Pear

  8. Frank Jackson
    August 24th, 2009 at 2:41 pm #

    Frank Jackson
    Steve Largent is a former Republican Congressman. Do we need say more?

    Frank Jackson

    August 29th, 2009 at 8:54 pm #

    CR Roberts

    I read Dave Pear’s “Another Shot from the Left” post blog and oh, how true it is. Now The NFL is bracing to give the retired players an uppercut to the solar plexus or stomach. This just might be a fatal blow to our NFLPA as we know it. Members, please be aware of the attempt by some members of the NFL Alumni to surreptitiously take control of the NFLPA by amending the NFLPA Constitution Regarding Retired Players. One example is that their Bylaws will be amended to provide that, among other things, “THE NFLPA RETIRED PLAYER STEERING COMMITTEE SHALL IN ITS SOLE DISCRETION HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO REMOVE CHAPTER OFFICERS FROM THSIR POSITIONS. WILL HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO DETERMINE HOW MUCH AND WHEN INDIVIDUAL DUES ARE PAID.” There are many other changes that will virtually take away the few rights we have left as an NFLPA member. Gene Upshaw did not represent us. If these changes are made in the Constitution, we will not be able to represent even ourselves. Remember, the NFL Alumni was originally created by owners to run competition with the NFLPA. If these changes succeed, the Retired Players may cease to be a part of the Active Players Association. If this happens Retired Player’s benefits and insurance may become null and void.

    CR Roberts
    1962 – 1965
    San Francisco 49?ers
    USC Trojans