There has been no agreement on any issue in the current negotiations between the NFL Players Association and the National Football League's Management Council. The current contract will expire July 15; the regular NFL season will begin Sept. 12.
The union has made its demands, but management has no offer on the table. Jack Donlan, executive director of the Management Council, says the union demands are not specific enough to warrant a response. Here is a rundown of the major demands:
1) Percentage of gross: the big issue. The players are demanding 55 percent of all gross revenues generated by the NFL. The money would fund player salaries and benefits according to a formula that would recognize seniority and performance. Suggested salary scales begin at about $75,000 for rookies and run to $600,000 for veterans with 16 years experience.
(The Management Council says that it is willing to negotiate improvements in player salaries and fringe benefits but that it will never agree to the proposal on gross revenues, no matter what the percentage. The NFL would submit to a player strike of unlimited duration before it would yield on this, the Management Council says.)
2) Guaranteed wages for the season for a player, once he makes the regular-season squad.
3) Right of players to incorporate themselves and to require their agreement on how money due in deferred compensation will be invested.
4) Freedom after three years for a player to move from one club to another. His former club would be entitled to neither first refusal rights on any agreement he might negotiate with the new club nor any kind of compensation for losing him.
5) Continuation of major medical insurance coverage beyond the end of a player's career, a voice for the players in selecting the insurance carrier and administering the insurance program and an increase in life insurance coverage from $50,000 to $500,000.
6) Establishment of a joint union-management committee on game rules with an equal vote on either side. No rules to be implemented without a majority vote. Joint management-union control of NFL security force.
7) Elimination of minicamps except when a new coach has been hired. Union to agree to one minicamp when there is a new coach, but there must be no contact in scrimmages. Players to receive a week's pay for attending a minicamp. Union observer to be present to make sure all rules are followed.
8) Selection of team doctors by a joint player-club panel. Either side to retain right to dismiss doctor at end of season.
9) Elimination of artificial turf wherever possible. Improvement of natural fields.
10) Elimination of waivers when a player is released. Teams may be notified that a player is available, but the claiming procedure must be eliminated.