It’s the slowest sports news week of the year! Baseball is the only big league currently in the middle of a season, and they are all on vacation for the All-Star break. That means that we get things like the Floyd Mayweather/Conor McGregor promotional tour and the ESPN ESPY awards instead. *yawn*
One interesting tidbit coming from the ESPY red carpet (yes, they have a red carpet for this thing) was Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman sounding off on the need for a stronger player’s union in football.
“If we want to get anything done, players have to be willing to strike,” Sherman said, according to ESPN. “That’s the thing that guys need to 100 percent realize. You’re going to have to miss games, you’re going to have to lose some money if you’re willing to make the point, because that’s how MLB and NBA got it done.”
The NFLPA is generally considered to be the weakest player’s union in North American pro sports, with zero guaranteed contracts and next to no job security. NFL teams will cut even the best of players at a moment’s notice, for any reason they see fit.
Sherman blasted guys who sign big dollar contracts, calling the deals “fake” and pointing out that with non-guaranteed money, those headline-grabbing deals can “pop like a balloon.”
“I think guys need to re-evaluate how they look at contracts,” Sherman added.
The current collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and its players doesn’t end until 2020, and was agreed to after a brief lockout in 2011. NFL players haven’t officially gone on strike since 1987, when they walked off the job after Week 2 and forced the NFL to cancel games in Week 3 and use replacement players from Weeks 4 to 6.