Report: Petition with NLRB seeks union for NFL running backs

Mon Aug 12 5:57pm ET
By The Associated Press

New York Giants NFL football player Saquon Barkley talks to the media after practice in East Rutherford, N.J., Monday, Aug. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Tom Canavan)


A petition reportedly has been filed with the National Labor Relations Board seeking to create a separate union for NFL running backs.

According to the website Law360, the petition was filed Thursday by the International Brotherhood of Professional Running Backs and focuses on the shorter careers for players at the position.

''These employees have unique career structures; and the current one-size fits all unit is inappropriate,'' the petition says of players' representation by the NFL Players Association. ''Excluded: All other player groups,'' it said.

The NFL Management Council and the union have begun preliminary negotiations on a collective bargaining agreement. The current 10-year deal expires in March 2021.

A message to the players' union seeking comment was not immediately answered.

Player Notes
Dalvin Cook Aug 3 6:50pm ET

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Fantasy Spin: Washington will be sidelined for an undisclosed amount of time, so fantasy players can keep an eye on the situation. He had a solid 2019 season with 73 receiving yards and should be a top-three receiver for the Steelers again this season. He can be a No. 4 or No. 5 receiver in fantasy leagues.

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Fantasy Spin: Landry will be limited during training camp but is on track for the start of the regular season. He will continue to see plenty of targets in the passing game and can be a No. 3 receiver in fantasy leagues.

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