Some affiliates, such as Richard Sherman, are not happy with the current collective agreement, negotiated by the current CEO of the entity.
The time of DeMaurice Smith as executive director of the NFL Players Association could come to an end, sources told ESPN on Wednesday.
The executive committee of the NFLPA took a vote Tuesday night to determine whether Smith should be allowed to remain in the position he has held for the past 12 years, the sources increased. According to the constitution of the NFLPA, a unanimous vote of approval by the 14-member committee would have kept Smith in the job, likely with a new three-year contract. However, the vote was split evenly 7-7, according to insiders.
Smith’s employment status is now in the hands of all 32 NFLPA team representatives, who have a teleconference vote tentatively scheduled for Friday. If 22 of the 32 player representatives vote to retain Smith, he will be effectively re-elected and will negotiate a new contract. If he doesn’t get 22 votes, the NFLPA CEO position will be officially open and other candidates could run at the NFLPA’s annual meeting in March.
In accordance with the NFLPA constitution, If Smith doesn’t get the votes he needs on Friday, the union will have to hire a search firm to present candidates. for the March elections. If Smith receives at least 16 votes on Friday, he will be allowed to run again., although it is not known if he would want to do so at that time.
The executive committee had long been a source of strong support for Smith within the NFLPA. But Several of its members, notably Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Richard Sherman, were openly opposed to the way the latest collective bargaining agreement was handled. and they had expressed dissatisfaction with the way Smith and union leaders negotiated it. Several prominent players believed the union should have asked for more concessions from the team owners.
The CBA, which runs until 2030, was ratified by the NFLPA in an extremely close vote on March 8, 2020, just three days before the NBA suspended its season and sports around the world were shut down for months due to the pandemic of COVID-19. Smith and the NFLPA leadership have told their members that it would have been considerably more difficult to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement during the pandemic if it had failed. However, dissatisfaction has persisted in some groups of union members, and some are succeeding in convincing others that it is time for a change in leadership.