With the Super Bowl a few days away, let’s get some more football news in here. Today The Post discusses the NFL Players’ participation in the influence game.
The NFL Players Association is bracing for a showdown with team owners that could lead to a work stoppage when the current collective bargaining deal expires. Hoping to enlist powerful allies, the players’ group is ratcheting up its lobbying on Capitol Hill under new executive director DeMaurice Smith.
The players union spent $220,000 on lobbying in the second half of last year, more than double what it had spent in all of the previous year. Last May, soon after taking over at the union, Smith switched lobbyists, hiring Patton Boggs, the powerhouse Washington firm where he had been a partner.