Today in Labor History: Football strike ends

On this day in 1982, the National Football League Association, which represents the nation’s professional football players, ended a strike that lasted 57 days.

The labor action was effective: while it was ongoing, not a single major league football game was played. Because of the strike, the football season lasted only nine games per team, an almost 50 percent reduction from the originally scheduled 16.

The players were demanding a percentage of profit revenues, which the NFL refused. Eventually, the players won a new contract, which provided an increase in salaries and post-season pay, as well as bonuses and severance packages for retiring players.

Image: NFLPA logo, via Wikipedia.


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