Even NFL players need a lobbyist… except this lobbyist is really more of an “educator.” Since he’s not currently registered under the LDA, Joe Briggs, whose title is “Public Policy Counsel,” says he’s not pushing legislation, but he is advocating on behalf of NFL Players.
He’s more of a go-between for football players and Members of Congress – who often share interest in the same issues, and are looking for mutual help in pushing pet projects. Since DC is all about who you know, and how you can get to those people, having a non-lobbyist Congressional liaison such as Briggs makes sense in a member-based organization such as the NFL Players Association.
According to Lobbyists.info, the NFLPA is registered as a “lobbying client” under the LDA, represented by Patton Boggs, under the issue “Sports/Athletics.”
The NFL is also listed as having outside lobbying help, with representation by Capitol Hill Strategies, Covington & Burling, Elmendorf Strategies, The Glover Park Group, and Dudinsky, Lisker, & Associates. Issues that the NFL is interested in include (among others): Labor/Antitrust/Workplace, Alcohol/Drug Abuse, Communications/Broadcasting/Radio/TV.
Story: The Football Fixer.
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