In March 2011, a collective bargaining agreement between the National Football League owners and the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) is set to expire.  Without resolution, a lockout of the players by league owners is a likely outcome.  To help prevent this scenario, the player’s union has stepped up it’s congressional lobbying in an attempt to pressure the league to quickly move forward on resolving these labor matters.  NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith, argues that certain regulatory exemptions, such as an antitrust exemption for broadcasting contracts, makes the league responsible to the public and therefore should not put fans at risk for a canceled 2011 season.

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In 2010, The N.F.L.P.A. has utilized the lobbying services of:
• Patton Boggs

In 2010, The National Football League has utilized the lobbying services of:
• Covington & Burling
• Glover Park Group
• Elmendorf Strategies
• Capitol Hill Strategies