NFL retirees await benefits of CBA negotiations
By ANDREW SELIGMAN
AP Sports Writer
....At the core of the debate is how to divide the money, but it's not the only issue on the table.
Owners also want to increase the regular-season schedule to 18 games while reducing the preseason slate to two. A rookie salary scale is being discussed, and so are the benefits to the retired players.
That's been a sore spot for years for old-timers who can't afford treatment for injuries and illnesses brought on by the physical contact of the game during their playing days. Their complaints with the union have centered on pensions that they believe are too small and a disability system they believe is inefficient and flawed.
Outside groups provide some help. The Gridiron Greats is a nonprofit that has raised more than $1.75 million to provide financial grants and pro bono medical care for retirees.
"I don't think anybody's trying to do the wrong thing," said Ditka, Gridiron Greats' board of directors chairman. "I'm just not sure that anybody understands what it's going to take. Saying it and doing it are two different things. Putting a program in place and then implementing it is another thing."........
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There's no right way to do the wrong thing.
To compete for the playoffs, Dallas has to improve here: Only four sacks against Eli Manning over the past six games!