The new CBA between the NFL and NFLPA

Under my comments, you will see the entire Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NFL and the NFLPA. You can enlarge the document for easier viewing by going to the bottom of the Scribd Reader and clicking on the “view in full screen” tab. 

For the thousands of players that want to now how the new “Legacy Benefit” will impact on their pensions – we still won’t know until the NFL and the NFLPA conclude their discussions and negotiations on this new benefit, but it must be resolved no later than August 18, 2011.  The CBA states on page 229:  

Section I. Establishment: Effective August 4,2011, the NFL shall establish a benefit known as the “Legacy Benefit.” The Legacy Benefit will be provided from the Retirement Plan to vested players who had Credited Seasons prior to 1993.

Section 2. Benefit: The parties will jointly determine no later than fourteen days after the effective date of this Agreement, the amount of the additional benefit to be provided under the Legacy Benefit and to whom it will be provided (e.g., to players who have no Credited Seasons after 1992, to players who had Credited Seasons before 1993 but no Credited Seasons after a specified season, or to all vested players with any Credited Seasons prior to 1993).

Section 3. Cost: The NFL and its Clubs shall make an aggregate contribution of approximately $620 million to the Legacy Benefit over the term of this Agreement, 49% of which shall count as a Player Benefit Cost.

The CBA was downloaded from the NFLPA website at this link: 2011 CBA

I will provide some analysis and commentary on the agreement in the next few days.

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About Jeff Nixon

Jeff was a first team consensus All-American from the University of Richmond in 1978. He is 7th in NCAA history with 23 career interceptions. Played for the Buffalo Bills 1979-1984. Led the team with 6 interceptions in Rookie Year. Holds Bills record for 4 takeaways in a single game - 3 interceptions and a fumble recovery. Tied Bills record with four consecutive games with an interception. After 5 knee surgeries Jeff retired from pro football in 1985. He worked for 13 years (1988-2000) as the Youth Bureau Director for Buffalo and Erie County. He has worked for the past 11 years as the Youth Employment Director for Buffalo. Plays guitar and was voted best R&B guitar player by Buffalo Nightlife Magazine in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

Posted on August 10, 2011, in NFL Alumni News. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Jeff,

    Doesn’t Carl Eller have a meeting with Judge Nelson today?

  2. WHY DO THE PLAYERS WHO PLAYED BACK IN THE DAY BEFORE 1982 GET 250.00 PRE SEASON AND THE PLAYERS WHO PLAY TODAY GET 470.00 PER, A LITTLE CONFUSED , THE PLAYERS PRE 82 WERE THE ONES MAKING NOTHING AND THEY ARE THE ONES THAT NEED IT THE MOST NOT THE MILLIONAIRES OF TODAY , WHO SET UP THIS SCALE MILLIONAIRES PLAYERS OF 2011 ???

    • Jack:

      Under the new agreement the active players will increase the pension every three years [2012-2014 = $560] [ 2015-2017 = $660] [2018-2010 = $760] Nice cost of living increases, wouldn’t you say. All of their other benefits went up too, ie. Second Career Savings Plan, Annuity Plan, Health Reimbursement Account, Severance Pay, Tuition Assistance etc.

      The NFLPA and DeMaurice sure did a good job looking out for ther active players.

  3. IN THE 1960S, WE GOT $50 FOR PRESEASON GAMES(6)

  4. Thanks for the e-mail Jeff.

  5. Jack D. Laraway

    As a former NFL player, playing with the Detroit Lions, Buffalo Bills, and Houston Oilers, I played for 3 years pre-93; we were told we would be taken care of in this next contract. They vested the post-93 3-year veterans leaving us with nothing. We are a dying breedII feel we are not being treated fairly. 3 years is 3 years no matter how you figure it. I would like to know why we are not vested and should be getting a pension, however small it may be. Please look into this matter and help as much as you can or do we have to file a class action suit?

  6. Jeff,
    Should all 3 Year pre-1993 Players sign some sort of statement
    telling the NFLPA we all have different kinds of proof we played 3 years.
    Would that help our cause?
    Jim Garcia 65 Browns, 66 Giants, 67 Saints, 68 Falcons injured

  7. Jeff, Info from you and NFL Alumni seems to have dried up since the talk about the Aug. 18th deadline and probable extension. Would be nice if you could provide at least weekly updates on the matter even if it is “nothing to report”. The lack of info makes those waiting for an answer about pension benefits feel quite uneasy. Perhaps you can allay some of the anxiousness? Thanks!

  8. Jeff, another week has gone by and still no updated info on Pre-93 pensions??? Should we take this as a bad omen? Wish someone would throw us a bone….

  9. It would help if we had updates, as when we might see payouts from the legacy fund!

    Thanks for all of your work.

    Jerry

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