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Why Professional Athletes Should Not Be Treated Differently Than Any Other Injured Employee

Why Senate Bill – Workers’ Compensation Wage Calculation – Should Be Rejected
 
Illinois State Senate Bill 12 has very bad language in it that would treat professional athletes different than other workers in the state. SB 12 is sponsored by Senator Christine Radogno (“Rah-Dough-N-Yo”)
 
  • The Bears are proposing a bill which would treat professional athletes much worse than any other employee in Illinois saving the owners some money but making life more difficult for other minor league athletes throughout the state.
 
  • The bill fails to recognize that workers’ compensation costs in professional sports are NOT paid for by the state of Illinois or its taxpayers! Any benefits paid are not a financial burden to the State. (Workers’ compensation costs for all professional athletes employed by the NFL are paid out of the athlete’s side of the salary cap. As part of their agreement with the team owners, NFL players agreed to have less money available for salaries. The purpose of this agreement was to ensure that they would have access workers’ compensation benefits).
 
  • This bill ignores the fact that professional athletes seek wage replacement benefits when they are unemployed and when they are NOT GETTING PAID as the result of injuries and at a time when they are no longer able to play (not while they are playing) – when they and their families are most in need of help.
 
  • There is no justification for depriving athletes the same access to benefits available to any other injured employee. SB 12 is special interest legislation intended only to benefit team owners, not the Illinois citizens. This bill has no place in the State budget package.
 
  • The bill targets a single class of employees, many of whom are low wage earners and who rely heavily on the benefits from workers’ compensation to address any work-related injury. The bill would affect all levels of minor league professional athletes. Low level soccer players, baseball players, hockey players, and even women playing in the Women’s Football Alliance and WNBA, some of whom only earn a few hundred dollars a week, would be affected.
 
  • Athletes help generate billions of dollars for the Illinois state economy and pay hundreds of millions of dollars each year in income taxes to Illinois. Despite that, SB12 targets and only affects the athletes who play the game and risk injury on a daily basis, while still allowing all other employees of sport teams the same benefits as any other injured employee.
 
  • The bill fails to recognize that the total cost of workers’ compensation benefits paid by sports teams is minimal compared to revenues generated by athletes/employees. For instance, the Chicago Bears admitted workers’ compensation costs represent a small fraction of their substantial operating profit, based on league-wide revenues of over $12 BILLION.
How can you help? Take to social media and let your followers know how unfair it is to discriminate against you as former employees. We have to put massive public pressure on them to stop this from happening.

Louisiana tried to do this and the Saints players actually stormed the state legislature and took to social media to stop it and it worked! 

Here is a tweet from our @NFLPA account:



Bears owner & @GovRauner try to strip away #workerscomp from all @ChicagoBears players. Here's how we'll fight back: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2691008-demaurice-smith-will-tell-players-not-to-go-to-bears-if-workers-comp-bill-passes


Let's put a stop to this, we have strength in numbers, make your voices heard! 

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NFL players are worried about possibility of Obamacare repeal

It would make getting insurance tougher after retirement.
by Harry Lyles Jr.

The NFLPA’s executive director, DeMaurice Smith, was on CBS’ Face The Nation on Sunday morning, and explained that NFL players are worried about the Affordable Care Act being repealed.
 
Smith said that the main concern was that there is a “100 percent injury rate” in the NFL. This leaves all players exiting their careers with pre-existing conditions. Without Obamacare, it would make it impossible in some circumstances to get insurance.
In late January, Smith told CBS News Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett that, “When it comes to legislation that can affect the health care of NFL players, that’s a big issue.”
 
Smith added, “A lot of people that played this game benefited from the Affordable Care Act because they were able to buy insurance, even though all of them had pre-existing conditions.”
 
Smith also told Garrett that the NFLPA will be involved in pushback against the Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare.
 
“Be aware of the legislation that has an outsized impact on your and your family’s life,” Smith said.
 
In 2013, the NFL announced that it was going to stay out of the Obamacare debate, and would not promote it.
 
“We have responded to the letters we received from members of Congress to inform them we currently have no plans to engage in this area and have had no substantive contact with the administration about [the health-care law’s] implementation,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said in an email.
 
The Senate took its first steps in an attempt to repeal Obamacare at the beginning of January.

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LINKEDIN NFLPA FORMER PLAYER BUSINESS GROUP MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
Tony Berti
Operations and Business Relationship Expert
Goodie Two Shoes Foundation  
Nevada's Graduate, Realtor® Institute
Las Vegas, Nevada

Experience
Founder / Director of Strategic Operations / Active Board Member & Advocate

Goodie Two Shoes Foundation
Jan 2003 – Present
Las Vegas, Nevada Area

The Goodie Two Shoes Foundation is a nationally-recognized, award-winning 501c3 organization founded by Tony and Nikki Berti in 2003. Goodie Two Shoes provides disadvantaged children and children in crisis with new shoes and socks as well as other items deemed essential for good health and positive development.
 
  • Responsible for co-creating Foundation's vision, direction, guidelines and growth.
  • Worked with outside consulting firm from concept to creation, initial implementation through viable sustainability.
  • Created and developed administrative nonprofit model, standard operating procedures, and technical framework for internal operations.
  • Expanded programming from a single day event to year-round outreaches and distribution -- serving approximately 10,000 children annually.
  • Facilitated community relationships and current partnerships with Clark County School District, Communities in Schools, individual school counselors, and Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas and Henderson, as well as a myriad of other social service organizations, vendors and suppliers.
  • Advocate extensively. Provide board guidance, ensuring sustainability and continued growth.
 
Player
San Diego Chargers Football Co.
1995 – 1998

Click here for Tony’s full LinkedIn profile

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60 Heroes: Creighton Miller Unites the Players

When three NFL players approached former Cleveland Browns legal counsel Creighton Miller about forming an organization to address player grievances, Miller led the charge.  After several confidential meetings, Miller sent a letter to selected players on 12 existing NFL teams in November of 1956, introducing the idea of forming a players association like that of Major League Baseball.  Enclosed in the letter was a petition that players could sign, authorizing him to form a players’ association on their behalf that would address their issues with the league and its clubs. 

Nearly all the players signed the petitions.  Less than two months later, Miller conducted the first ever Player Rep meeting of the NFL Players Association.  The former All-American Notre Dame running back acted as the legal counsel and chief spokesman for the NFLPA for its first 12 years while the headquarters were in Cleveland. 

Miller united the players and led the charge in challenging the owners and commissioners on player issues.  Miller helped force the original recognition of the NFLPA by the owners and then-Commissioner Bert Bell by testifying against their efforts to gain an antitrust exemption from Congress in 1957.  In the 1960s, Miller continued challenging Bell’s successor, Commissioner Pete Rozelle, on several issues and helped establish the NFL player pension plan. 

Miller did not believe that the NFLPA should be a union, and as a result, all of the concessions which the NFLPA forced management to make in the organization’s first 12 years were not reflected in a collective agreement, but rather in amendments to the NFL Constitution or the Standard Player Contract. But Miller was always willing to use the threat of an antitrust suit to gain leverage for the players.  

Miller stepped down as NFLPA legal counsel in early 1968 after resisting a movement among the players to have the NFLPA become an official union. Miller was later inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1976. He passed away in 2002 and will always be remembered as a hero by the NFLPA for his valiant efforts in helping establish the NFLPA.

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The Houston Chapter members on a visit to NASA Mission Control!
NOW THIS IS A TURNOUT!!! The Houston Chapter Super Bowl event.
Some of the very sharp men of the Northern California Chapter.
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BUSINESS
5 Career Changes You Can Still Make Past 30
Simon Fletcher Writer

It really doesn’t matter what you do. The sad reality is that many people are really unhappy with the career they find themselves in.
 
From the outside, it may look like you’ve got it all, but on the inside, you wake up each morning knowing that you’re doing something that you no longer feel any passion for. The worst thing you can do in this case is to grin and bear it. This may seem like the safest and least disruptive course of action to follow, but what are you waiting for? Life gives you no second act.
 
If you want to make a change, you have to be brave and go for it. Below are five career changes that can be actioned relatively quickly, and without the need for you to go back to school for three or four years.
 
1. Teaching
In many ways, going into teaching later on in life has many benefits as this is a career that can grind you down over the years. Many teachers start out as fresh-faced graduates and after ten or fifteen years, they have lost most of the passion which drove them to become teachers in the first place.
 
If, however, you go into teaching later in life, you may well find that the excitement that comes with making a career change and the opportunity to pass on not only your knowledge of your specialist subject but also your accumulated years of life knowledge, will put a definite spring in your step.
 
If you have a degree already, teaching is a relatively simple career change to make. You will need to do some specialist training but this can often be done on the job. In less than a couple of years, you will be a fully-fledged teacher ready to take on the world and really make a difference in young people’s lives.

2. Go Freelance
One of the big bugbears many people have at work is that they simply don’t like being told what to do. If you work for any kind of organisation, there will almost certainly be superiors to report to, training weekends to attend, Christmas parties to suffer. Wouldn’t it be great if you could keep doing what you are doing, but be your own boss?
 
Freelancing is the perfect solution for those people who enjoy what they are currently doing but want to do it on their own terms. The big drawback is that you lose the guaranteed paycheck each month and any benefits that come from working within a bigger organisation, but the sense of freedom you will get in return is certainly worth the pay-off.
 
A freelancing career move suits some professions better than others, but in almost all fields, it is a possible solution if you go about it in the right way. You need to fully prepare yourself for the uncertainties that will come your way when you take this kind of brave career change decision, but if you approach this move with a lot of planning and with your eyes wide open, you can definitely make it work.
 
3. Start A Social Media Career
Almost all of us spend way too much time than we would care to admit on social media. If you’re one of these people, a great career change might be for you to take all of your social media skills and convert them into a brand new career.
 
This is by no means the easiest switch to make, but businesses everywhere are turning to social media more and more every day. If you can exhibit how skilled you are at running your own accounts, the chances are that a lot of people will be interested in you doing the same for them.
 
Getting a foothold in this kind of field may be one that takes you a little while, but this is something that you could actually start to look into before handing in your notice at your current job. So why not test the waters and see what you can pick up when you first try your luck?
 
As with all new career ventures, it’s only once you begin to take the plunge that you’ll see exactly how quickly these decisive career changes can quickly snowball into a whole new life for you.
 
4. Maximising Under-Appreciated Skill Sets
For many of us, the world pretty much takes place mostly online these days. Without even realising it, we possess skill sets that surpass those of previous generations when it comes to being tech savvy and computer literate. The great thing about this is that a lot of our basic skills can very easily be developed into ones that can make you a specialist in your field.
 
There are probably many things that you dislike about your current role if you’re thinking about making a career change, but there are also likely to be some things that you do actually enjoy. For those who have a lot of daily contact with the web, there are a plethora of options open to you.
 
Enjoy taking part in the development of your company’s website and online profile? Awesome, so take this to the next level and learn how to become a web designer in your own right. Like the aspect of your job that means having to keep up on relevant articles and blogs in your field? Brilliant, use that in-depth knowledge of your industry in such a way so that you can start to be one of the people who actually writes the content that people want to read. Already write the content and understand the power of SEO? You’ve hit the jackpot. Turn this skill set into one that you can outsource yourself to the thousands of companies out there who are dying to see their online profile grow and hit the first page on a Google search.
 
Many people’s day-to-day tasks have become so multi-faceted that we take them for granted. Have a good think about what you actually do like doing at work and you’ll be amazed at how easily that could be turned into a whole new career.
 
5. Start Your Own Small Business
If you don’t enjoy your job, one of the biggest reasons that you’re still doing it is probably because of the lifestyle the salary brings you. Having money is a true blessing, but it’s not really all that great if you are genuinely unhappy with the way you’re spending the majority of your week.
 
Why not tighten your belt a little bit and start to save up some money to start your own business? This is clearly quite a risky strategy to take. If things don’t work out, you could see all of your savings burnt up and be left without a job. That’s the worst case scenario, though. If you plan out a move into a field that really makes you happy and which you understand how to make work, there is no reason for you not to give it a go.
 
The rewards that will come with success will more than make up for the stress that will also inevitably come along on the ride. Most importantly, you’ll feel happy and invigorated about getting out of bed each morning and trying to make things work on your own terms.

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HEALTH
How to Become Better Looking As You Age

Nail these 5 steps to age like a bottle of fine wine
 
BY CHRISTINE FLAMMIA

Transformers star Josh Duhamel, pictured above, is a veritable poster boy for graceful aging. Turning 44 this December, the actor barely looks a day over 35.
 
Fortunately for those of us who don’t appear in multimillion-dollar blockbusters, you don’t need to be on the A-list to age with style and grace.
 
Looking great as you get older is all about paying attention to the details—and being consistent. Things like applying moisturizer daily have a cumulative effect that becomes more and more apparent over time.
 
From rocking gray hair to trimming your chest hair, we broke Duhamel’s look down into five steps that will slow the hands of time.
 
1. EMBRACE YOUR NATURAL HAIR COLOR
Fact: Women find gray hair sexy. Duhamel is letting his hair go gray naturally, and you should, too.
 
Just be sure to keep it hydrated: Aging hair can become coarse and wiry, but using the right products will ensure your gray looks cool rather than, well, old.
 
Try this brightening shampoo ($19, v76.com) and conditioner ($19, v76.com) for silvering hair. The coconut in the shampoo helps hydrate your hair so it looks smooth, while the sage leaf extract in the conditioner helps keep it strong.
 
2. PERFECT A LOW-KEY HAIRSTYLE
Duhamel has a great undone style, but we’d like it even better with less product and a little length trimmed off the top.
 
To nail the rolled-out-of-bed look every time, use a flexible pomade like this one ($20, baxterofcalifornia.com). Rub a dime-sized amount between your hands and apply to damp hair from back to front. Tousle, then leave it alone.

3. FOLLOW A DILIGENT SKIN-CARE REGIMEN
Duhamel is in his 40s, but his smooth, wrinkle-free skin makes him look 10 years younger.
 
Establish a good skin-care routine early on: In the short-term, you’ll maintain clear skin, and in the long term, you can slow the visible signs of aging. Here’s what to do to every day for great skin.
 
The occasional facial will help, too, by exfoliating and improving circulation. Consider a monthly appointment—most aestheticians will be able to tailor a facial to your specific needs for longer-lasting results.

4. USE EYE CREAM EVERY SINGLE DAY
Crow’s feet—those fine lines that run from your eyes to your temples and become more prominent with age—are one of the most obvious signs of aging.
 
Battle the wrinkles by using an eye cream daily. Apply generously after washing your face and before moisturizing.
 
Our editors swear by Fresh’s black tea age-delay concentrate ($78, fresh.com). It’s pricey, but powerful—the black tea blend improves skin elasticity.
 
5. GET YOUR BODY HAIR UNDER CONTROL
Duhamel is keeping his chest hair to a minimum, and, according to an Australian study, that’s exactly what women want to see.
 
This becomes increasingly important as you age and your chest hair begins to multiply and migrate to other areas of your body.
 
We’d suggest some light manscaping to keep it all under control.
 
Clippers, like this one from Phillips Norelco ($70, amazon.com), are best for keeping your chest hair short without wiping it out entirely. To get your chest hair down to a nice short length without risking skin irritation, trim with a #1 guard in the direction your hair grows.

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Featured Partners

The YMCA believes in strengthening individuals and communities. With a presence in 10,000 neighborhoods across the country, the Y has the reach and ability to help you transition to life off the playing field.

All former players are eligible with an NFLPA Former Player Membership. (Former players with 2+ credited seasons are eligible through The Trust.)

To access the free YMCA membership, email the YMCA name and City, State to formerplayers@nflpa.com. 

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Use the Chapter Locator to find a SCORE office near you and request a free face to face mentoring meeting.

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Penn State World Campus offers NFLPA members a tuition reduction benefit for all degree and certificate programs. Learn more about how you can receive a top-quality education, completed at your convenience, from one of the world’s most renowned universities. 

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