NFL Players Chief Makes His Case at the Darden School
DeMaurice Smith, head of the National Football League Players Association and a 1989 graduate of the U.Va. Law School, returned to North Grounds Thursday and discussed the current conflict between players and owners (video available) in front of a large crowd at the Darden School’s Abbot Auditorium.
When negotiations over a new collective bargaining agreement between NFL players and owners broke down in March, Smith and the players moved to decertify the union and filed an injunction in federal district court in Minnesota to stop the lockout imposed by team owners.
In Thursday’s hourlong talk, Smith outlined the players’ position.
Asked whether there would be an NFL season this fall, he answered simply, “I hope so.”