Could the NFL soon be heading into an ugly labor dispute a la Major League Baseball?
According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the NFLPA informed its board of representatives that the NFL proposed 35% of player salaries be held in escrow during the 2020 season in an attempt to manage costs if revenue is impacted by COVID-19.
NFLPA executive Don Davis told players on a conference call, “Basically, we told them to kick rocks.”
Per Pelissero, the union’s stance is that any escrow deal must be collectively bargained.
The NFL’s proposal to attempt to withhold salary from players comes on the heels of the MLBPA’s contentious negotiations with MLB over prorated salaries and length of schedule.
The economics and financials of the NFL are obviously different, with a salary cap and shared revenue, but it could be worth keeping an eye on training camp and the NFL season approaches.
NFL training camps are still scheduled to move forward and open on July 28, and travel protocols were agreed to on Tuesday for camp and the preseason, although no decision has been made on the length of preseason.
Among the protocols in place include mandatory masks for all members of the traveling party, limitations on the size of the traveling party (no more than 110 non-players) and no buffets, per Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.