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June 02, 2011

Rivera: Panthers had no knowledge of NFLCA filing

Panthers coach Ron Rivera was on vacation last week in California to attend his daughter's high school graduation.

So Rivera was as surprised -- and dismayed -- as many of his colleagues to learn the NFL Coaches Association had filed a brief with the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, supporting the players in the NFL's ongoing labor dispute.

“The brief filed by the NFL Coaches Association was done so without any knowledge of the Carolina Panthers coaches," Rivera said Thursday in a statement. "The Panthers coaches did not approve the filing and do not agree with it and continue their work in preparing for the 2011 season.”

Rivera joins a list of coaches who have publicly distanced themselves from the brief.

The NFLCA didn't identify any coaches in its brief filed with the court that will hear oral arguments Friday in the league's appeal of a District Court decision to lift the lockout.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on June 2, 2011 at 04:47 PM | Permalink


Just another example of a union taking a public position with great potential for negative impact upon the members it supposedly represents without giving those members any voice in the matter!

It appears clear that not only were the coaches not consulted, they weren't even informed! Coaches should discuss the possibility of voting to decertify the union and elect new leadership that stands ready to actually reflect the views of it's membership!

At one time, unions existed to represent the best interests of their members, but increasingly they have come to mearly represent the best interests of those running the unions!

Posted by: John | Jun 2, 2011 5:16:18 PM

Some Coach's have the Balls to say how they feel.....some suck up to Owners.

Posted by: KB | Jun 2, 2011 5:47:29 PM

i didnt even KNOW there was a NFLCA... jeezz.

Posted by: mexoplex | Jun 2, 2011 7:10:21 PM

The NFLCA is not a union - it's just an association representing coaches. Coaches are at-will employees and don't collectively bargain, thus they aren't unionized.

Posted by: Jonathan | Jun 2, 2011 7:15:22 PM


You just made John cry in his beer. He sounds like a teabag union hater, only he don't know what they are. Go Panthers!

Posted by: Ramblin' Jack Elliot | Jun 2, 2011 8:24:06 PM

Newsflash: The NSCBA ( National Strip Club Bar Association )and NENSAPA ( National Exotic Nude Strippers Association for Pro Athletes )unions officially came out defending the NFL union indicating its quarterly revenue is currently down 50% and needs to get the league going to avoid going bellyup if no 2011 season.

Posted by: platinum club | Jun 3, 2011 7:16:21 AM

smoke weed, take pills, drop outta school, kill ppl, drink and jump behind the wheel like it was still legal

Posted by: realamerican | Jun 3, 2011 3:56:54 PM

What, you mean it's not legal anymore? Dang, how do we party now.

Posted by: d1cheetah | Jun 3, 2011 10:02:43 PM


The NFLCA may not be a union but coaches aren't at-will employees. They sign contracts which void their at-will status. Coaches can't quit freely, without penalty while under contractor, and owners can't fire coaches freely, without penalty while under contract.

Posted by: Nate | Jun 4, 2011 4:01:03 PM

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