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NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith netted more than $4 million, per SBJ report

Despite a global pandemic that nearly derailed the NFL season, kept stadiums largely empty and had lasting ramifications on this year's league-wide salary cap, NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith realized a nearly 40-percent pay-increase, according to Sports Business Journal. The SBJ on Wednesday reported that Smith's earnings rose...
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DeMaurice Smith criticizes 'stupidity' of Bills GM's comments on cutting unvaccinated players

The NFL's Buffalo Bills and NHL's Buffalo Sabres surprised many within the sports world in April when they announced their intentions to limit attendance to future games only to fans fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and Bills general manager Brandon Beane went one step further when he suggested he would consider cutting an unvaccinated player if doing so helped loosen certain NFL health and safety protocols related to the coronavirus.
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DeMaurice Smith Rips 'Stupidity' of Bills GM Brandon Beane's Vaccination Remarks

NFL Players Association executive DeMaurice Smith was not pleased with Brandon Beane after the Buffalo Bills general manager indicated he would be more likely to cut a player who didn't get a COVID-19 vaccine. "When a General Manager speaks out and says something that is not only inconsistent with league...
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DeMaurice Smith: NFL Players Would Be 'Better Off' Without Mandatory Minicamps

NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith isn't looking to go back to the old way of doing things after the league made a number of adjustments in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. "We believe that the science and everything we've talked about before, would strongly demonstrate that we'd...
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NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith says it's in players' best interests to sit out voluntary workouts

NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said it is the union's position that it is in the best interest of players to not participate in voluntary offseason workouts. "I think what a lot of players have said that they've heard from their coaches is that they need to show up," Smith said Saturday on SportsCenter. "We've known for years that this is a voluntary workout where a lot of coaches put their finger on the scale and, while they call it voluntary, they expect players to show up.
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NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith says it's in players' best interests to sit out voluntary workouts

NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said it is the union's position that it is in the best interest of players to not participate in voluntary offseason workouts. "I think what a lot of players have said that they've heard from their coaches is that they need to show up," Smith said Saturday on SportsCenter. "We've known for years that this is a voluntary workout where a lot of coaches put their finger on the scale and, while they call it voluntary, they expect players to show up.
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Report: DeMaurice Smith Told Agents to Work Together on NFL Free-Agent Contracts

NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith reportedly told agents that they should "collude" in free agency to help their clients, according to Dan Graziano of ESPN. Smith spoke to the agents Thursday in a videoconference and said they should work together to ensure teams weren't taking advantage of players amid changes to the salary cap for 2021.
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Ravens' Marlon Humphrey: NFLPA Exec DeMaurice Smith '100 Percent' Favors Owners

Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey posted on Instagram that he believes NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith "100 percent favors owners over players." Ravens CB Marlon Humphrey delivers his verdict on NFL union boss DeMaurice Smith, via Instagram https://t.co/O5n5LZnfWt. The comment was in response and reference to an appearance on television...
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Inside the dual legacies of NFL players' union boss DeMaurice Smith

TWO OPTIONS FOR extending the NFL season were in play in fall 2019, and DeMaurice Smith seemed defiant in the face of one of them. Smith, the veteran executive director of the NFL Players Association, was standing before a room of players, part of his annual tour of locker rooms to deliver an insider's update on negotiations with the league. A deadline was coming fast: The league demanded a new collective bargaining agreement by March 2020, even though the current one didn't expire until early 2021. But owners wanted an early deal because they intended to enter into rights negotiations with their broadcast partners. With the invaluable leverage of guaranteed labor peace for another decade, the owners believed they could secure a 100% increase for broadcast rights, a windfall worth tens of billions.
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DeMaurice Smith says COVID-19 allowed NFL to be 'smarter' in 2020, alludes to permanent offseason changes

Roger Goodell tackled a plethora of topics during the commissioner's annual press conference on Thursday. Among the topics was COVID-19 and whether or not the NFL would continue to have a scaled-back offseason moving forward. The pandemic forced the league to cut back on its offseason schedule in 2020. Virtual meetings replaced OTAs and minicamps. There were also no preseason games.