Free agency, owner incentives, and the national football league players association

Frank A. Scott, James E. Long, Ken Somppi

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In an effort to raise salaries in professional football, the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) has demanded that NFL owners set aside 55 percent of gross revenues to fund a union wage scale. An alternative means of raising salaries, as evidenced by the relatively higher earnings in major league baseball and professional basketball, is through a free agent system wherein players are free to sell themselves in the open market. This paper examines the NFLPA's claim that free agency will not work in the NFL because owners lack the financial incentive to win that would induce them to bid on free agents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)257-264
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Labor Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1983

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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