Even a Lawyer Opts Out of NFL Films Settlement

Aug 7, 2013

Jim_MacFarlandJim McFarland officially filed his opt out from the Dryer vs NFL Films Settlement offer with the Minnesota court today. Jim has had a very unique, inside view of things, having been one of two retired players who were invited to participate with the NFLPA (Jim was voted to the NFLPA Executive Committee in 2010) during some of the early phases of the last CBA negotiations with the NFL a couple of years ago. Jim later expressed frustration at his lack of a vote in any of the matters discussed and how many of his suggestions were ignored or dismissed with little consideration. . Jim was also with us at the early meetings at Hausfeld’s offices when he was taking part in CBA discussions with the PA. With six years playing for the Bills, Cardinals and Dolphins in the 70’s and his post-football career as a practicing attorney in Nebraska, Jim continues to bring a unique perspective on the NFL Films deal with his filing against this Settlement offer. We’ve uploaded a copy of Jim MacFarland’s opt-out to Scribd for easy viewing and to make it available for downloading and printing. You can also click the Enlarge icon in the lower right corner of the menu at the bottom of the viewing screen to go Full Screen for easier reading (just hit the ESC key to close): .
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  1. Jim McFarland
    August 8th, 2013 at 12:15 pm #

    Jim McFarland

    Dear Dave:

    I have been receiving a number of calls and e-mails recently asking me why I decided to “opt out” of the proposed Dryer Settlement. I realize that numerous interested parties, including former players that I admire and respect on both sides of this issue, feel very strongly about the proposed settlement.

    I have many many reasons for opting out. Nonetheless, at the risk of major oversimplification, my primary reason to independently “opt out” of the proposed Dryer Settlement is that it appears to me the interests of the star players from our era may well be served by the proposed settlement but the interests of the “rank-and-file” members of our Pre-93 NFLPA may not be served well.

    Best Regards,
    Jim McFarland
    St Louis Cardinals, Buffalo Bills,
    Miami Dolphins
    1970 – 1975