August 23, 2017

Ousting DeMaurice Smith won’t be easy, but Cyrus Mehri offers different vision for NFLPA – USA Today

Cyrus Mehri

Mehri, the renowned labor lawyer who helped push the NFL into adopting the Rooney Rule, has launched a campaign to overthrow Smith as the union’s executive director in March 2018. “Competition is good,” Mehri told USA TODAY Sports. “It’s healthy to have two different visions, two different candidates to compare.” Of course, Mehri is hardly the first to target the …

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August 23, 2017

Mehri’s Challenge to Smith Draws Retired Players’ Support

Associated Press

Pro Football Hall of Famers Kellen Winslow and Harry Carson are supporting Cyrus Mehri’s candidacy for executive director of the players’ union. The civil rights attorney who co-wrote the league’s Rooney Rule announced Tuesday that he intends to challenge DeMaurice Smith for the top job at the NFL Players Association. On Wednesday, Winslow, Carson and John Wooten backed Mehri, though …

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August 23, 2017

Mehri wants to start CBA negotiations early

NBC Sports

If Cyrus Mehri gets the job, he vows to get quickly to work. He’ll have little choice. In the press release issued after HBO televised the announcement of Mehri’s candidacy to take the reins of the NFL Players Association, Mehri issued a press release in which he vowed to negotiate a new labor deal early. “America’s Game deserves better,” Mehri said. “We …

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August 23, 2017

Co-author of Rooney Rule to challenge NFLPA’s DeMaurice Smith for his job

Cyrus Mehri says players have gone backward under Smith’s leadership Civil right attorney Cyrus Mehri, co-author of the NFL’s Rooney Rule requiring teams to interview at least one minority candidate for any coaching or general manager openings, announced this week that he plans to challenge NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith for his job. Mehri made the announcement on an episode …

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August 22, 2017

Cyrus Mehri announces bid to challenge DeMaurice Smith for NFLPA leadership

NBC Sports

Cyrus Mehri, a civil rights lawyer who has won settlements for workers in discrimination cases against Coca-Cola and Texaco, will challenge DeMaurice Smith for leadership of the National Football League Players Association, Mehri tells Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. The program airs on HBO tonight at 11 p.m. ET. The NFLPA election is March 2018, and Mehri says on Real …

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August 22, 2017

Lawyer who was driving force behind NFL’s Rooney Rule will run for NFLPA executive director – Washington Post

DeMaurice Smith

Attorney Cyrus Mehri, who played a key role in the NFL’s adoption of its minority interviewing rule for coaches and key front office positions, said Tuesday that he intends to run next year for executive director of the NFL Players Association. Mehri will challenge DeMaurice Smith, who is up for reelection in March 2018. Smith was elected in 2009 and …

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