Has The NFL Already Broken The New CBA Agreement?

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Aug 5, 2011; Canton, OH; USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (left) and NFLPA executive director Demaurice Smith sign the new CBA in front of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

Perhaps a better question is “How many times have they broken it recently?” As far-fetched as that may sound, a close look at some recent issues may change your mind.

What did I mean by “How many times?” All indications are that the NFL did it already when handing down the salary cap fines against the Dallas cowboys, the Washington Redskins, even the Raiders and the Saints.

Even though the major sportswriters jumped on the “Bounty Bandwagon” as fast as the NFL could leak unsubstantiated allegations, almost none of the major writers have gone along with the recent salary cap judgments, and that should tell us something. That incident hasn’t gone to court yet, but another one already has.

It was reported only a few days ago by Law.com that the NFL and the Atlanta Falcons are suing retired injured NFL players over Workers Compensation, and that it was in retaliation for the players filing their Workman’s Compensation claims earlier in California.

This lawsuit filed by King & Spalding attorneys S. Stewart Haskins II and Darrick L. McDuffie on behalf of the Falcons and the NFL Management Council is just the tip of the iceberg, it’s one of several filed by the NFL of the same kind, for the same reason, to pull the player’s claims out of the Califrornia court system.

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