CricInfo – Cory Booker and other NFL players want to be free to play football, but a new book argues they should be forced to pay for it.
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend co-creator and HBO star Emily Kagan wrote an essay for Vanity Fair calling for NFL players to stop paying for footballs and instead pay for the upkeep of their equipment.
“If you don’t want to pay the upkeep for your football, then why not just play it?”
“[NFL players] would be more willing to pay than they are today.”
Booker said on Monday that the players are “trying to do something for their communities” and are not doing the right thing by keeping them out of the game.
But the NFL Players Association says the union has the right to strike over player pay, and they’re not happy.
Barry Soetoro, a spokesman for the NFLPA, told the Associated Press the union’s demands are not acceptable.
The NFLPA is demanding the following concessions: The union would like to negotiate salary cap increases that will be a reasonable way to increase players salaries for the 2019 season and beyond, without negatively impacting player safety.
The union wants to renegotiate the collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and the players and players would like a “living wage” and an increase in the minimum wage.
Kagan’s essay cites an NFL official saying that “players are not paying enough to the league for the quality of the product and equipment they’re producing and that this is a problem that needs to be addressed.”
The league has previously called the union “insane” for asking for a higher minimum wage, but the union did not immediately respond to Cricinfo’s request for comment.
In the meantime, the NFL has already started to reduce the salaries of its players and have promised to be more transparent about the amount of money paid to players.
Last year, the league cut the number of players it pays to make $2.2 million to $2 million, and the number it pays per game to $1.9 million, according to ESPN.
As a result, some teams are starting to make the transition from paying players to just having them work out.