What if the NFL and its teams were more like the NFLPA?
What if you could keep your players on the field, the game on the pitch and your team’s schedule intact?
That’s what the NFL Players Association has proposed, which could lead to a league-wide union.
But the proposal is a bit of a wildcard: There are a number of hurdles to clear before the NFL can make it happen.
The union’s proposal will need to win at least two separate votes from its membership in order to become a reality.
One of those votes would need to take place at the National Football League’s annual meetings, which are scheduled for April 15-18 in Phoenix.
And while the union has been actively trying to push the idea, its members are divided over how they would vote in a union election.
So far, the AFL-CIO’s endorsement of the union proposal has been viewed skeptically by some NFL players, including wide receiver Dez Bryant, who has expressed concerns that the union would be more willing to support the players’ cause if it had to go through the NFL’s internal vetting process.
The AFL-CA, which represents about 40 percent of NFL players in the U.S., has argued that its members will be more likely to vote for the union if the proposal includes the same protections afforded to players under the collective bargaining agreement.
That includes the ability to form and join unions and a provision that prohibits the NFL from retaliating against any union member.
The NFLPA’s proposal is also not directly related to the union’s membership.
It is a much more limited proposal, which focuses on making it easier for players to join other unions, and it would only apply to the league’s 30 teams.
But while the NFLP’s proposal has attracted the most opposition, the NFL has faced criticism over its relationship with the players.
The league has had its fair share of controversy with its players, which has led to players having to be suspended for protesting during the national anthem and for refusing to sit out games.