Your Opt Out Opt Out Options?

Sep 18, 2013

By now, many of you who submitted your Opt Out paperwork in the Dryer vs NFL Films proposed Settlement Offer have received your 2-page form just in case you might be confused or changed your minds. Mine arrived last week on the 16th. Apparently, someone has convinced the courts that retired players may have been confused about what a bad deal the NFL Films Settlement Offer is for all retired players: Your chances of really getting something directly for playing in the NFL while being included in all their videos and footage both for their profit and promotion and then eventually losing all of your visual rights and images from your football career forever was enough for many of you to choose to Opt Out of this deal. But the pro-Settlement forces are convinced that we’re all too stupid to have made the right decision so the court has now allowed them to send out one more confusing document to see if you really, REALLYREALLY meant to Opt Out. We’re officially calling this the NFL Films Opt Out Opt Out Form.
So if you sent in an Opt Out form and meant it, you do not have to do anything. Do NOT sign and return their form. If you sent in an Opt Out form and would like to change your mind, fill in their form and mail it in. If you are the NFL, the court will also extend your option to Opt Out of this bad deal until Sept. 30, 2013 because it’s already looking like it’ll cost more than the $13.5 million you were taking back from the $50 million in the “Offer” to fight the “tiny minority of vocal players” who object to this pathetic offer. If you don’t like the proposed NFL Films Settlement Offer and didn’t send in an Opt Out before the deadline Aug. 30, 2013, you have no options left. The court did NOT extend your Opt Out period.
And in the “essence of fairness,” we’ve uploaded a copy of this 2-page NFL Films Opt Out Opt Out Form to Scribd to make it available for your reading pleasure and for easy downloading and printing in case you decide to change your mind. 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).
EDITOR’S NOTE Sept. 26 2013: After too many inquiries from even more confused retired players who actually Opted Out, we’ve uploaded a revised version of this form so each of you will know: DO NOT FILL OUT AND SEND IN THIS RIDICULOUS FORM! If you’ve already sent in your Opt Out form before their deadline of Aug. 30, 2013, YOU DO NOT NEED TO DO ANYTHING ELSE! If you send their new form in, you will be canceling your earlier Opt Out. Understood? Do we need to make it any clearer?

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2 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Dave Pear
    September 24th, 2013 at 12:17 pm #

    Dave Pear

    Dear Mr. Gustafson,

    Please answer these questions for me:

    1. Tell me again: Why did I get this Notice in the mail?

    2. Who was it sent by (i.e. – the court, my lawyer, you)?

    3. What should each of us do with it?

    4. What happens if I decide to remain opted out?

    5. What do I get out of the $42 million?

    6. What do I get out of the licensing agency?

    7. Why shouldn’t we even try to fight this individually?

    8. Again, what is it that we should do with this Notice?

    Thank you,
    Dave Pear
    Pro Bowl 1978
    Super Bowl XV
    Social Security disability at the age of 50

  2. Mike Davis
    September 25th, 2013 at 8:09 am #

    Mike Davis

    Please tell me this and help me out! Am I confused? Does the Opt out letter to opt out say the NFL/Lawyers think we need burping and a butt wipe, then put to bed at noon for our nap?

    No. I’m not confused. Yes. I’m upset with this insult! The general feeling I get from this entire episode is the NFL/NFL Films didn’t get their desired results dangling their carrot in front the class. Now they are saying we were unduly influenced. What a crock of full-fledged bull dong on PED’s, as usual! They figured the appearance of money now in the form of $50 million would get your attention so they could pull off their old tricks.

    Thanks to all of you who Opt’ed Out and saw through the ruse. It makes me very proud to fight side-by-side with you in making this and other class action lawsuits right. As well as other issues that concerns us.

    Mike Davis
    Oakland Raiders
    1977 – 1987