The NFL isn’t happy about the players’ association’s decision to decertify in an attempt to win their bloody battle with the league. But neither is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Here’s a statement posted on the Chamber’s website today:
WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President of Labor, Immigration, and Employee Benefits, Randel K. Johnson, issued the following statement today on the decision by the NFL Players Association to decertify as a union:
“We are troubled by the decision of the NFL Players to decertify as a union so that they may litigate under the antitrust laws, with the prospect that once the litigation is over they will again claim they are a union. Gaming the labor laws and the antitrust laws offers a potentially disastrous model for labor-management relations in this country and raises serious questions of labor policy.”
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.
So not only are the stubborn players ruining football in America, they’re pretty much ruining America in general.
It’s obvious at this point that the Goal-Line Stand is in the owners’ corner. We’ve gone back and forth on this, and both parties are at fault for being far too selfish and greedy and letting that greed jeopardize a remarkably lucrative product, but the players have taken a little leverage and used it to twist the league’s arm to a point of no return. I find it hard to believe they were bargaining in good faith, knowing full well that litigation would benefit them more so than collective bargaining.
DeMaurice Smith and his cohorts have been very snaky over the last few weeks. I don’t care that the owners are richer. Do I think these billionaires need more cash to take advantage of tax payers by building newer, more lavish stadiums? Hell no. But at this point, the NFL owners are the lesser of two evils.