Posts Tagged ‘NFL lobbyists’

Off the Hill: NFL Fight Wages on….in Congress

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011 by Vbhotla

As NFL negotiations drag on, it is safe to say football fans and players alike — and even President Obama — are tiring of the on-going battle between the NFLPA and the League over contracts.  Top receiver and Twitter celebrity Chad Ochocinco told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution‘s D. Orlando Ledbetter, when prompted about whether or not he’d like to play for the Falcons, “It’s a lockout, man.  I’m riding bulls.  I don’t want to talk about football.”

On the Hill, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and such former NFL players as Reps. Heath Shuler, D-N.C., and Jon Runyan, R-N.J. have all met with players to discuss the impact of a lockout on the economy and the overall jobs crisis.

The league spent a whooping $675,000 lobbying Congress in the first Online Blackjack quarter of 2011, including $60,000 paid to Elmendorf Ryan, which is registered to lobby solely on labor issues. The NFLPA also dished out $60,000 to Executive Director DeMaurice Smith’s former firm, Patton Boggs LLP, to petition Congress on antitrust and labor concerns.  For the league, this number is up from the $545,000 spent in the first quarter of last year, though the issues petitioned remain unchanged.  However, the addition of Elmendorf Ryan seems to have been solely in anticipation of a labor fight, as the firm was not registered to lobby on behalf of the league this time last year.  The Players’ Association, on the other hand, spent significantly less in Q1 2011 than reported in the same quarter last year, when Patton Boggs was paid $110,000 to fight for the players’ interests.

Celebrity Lobbyist Alert: Football Lobbyist

Thursday, July 8th, 2010 by Vbhotla

NFLPAEven 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, 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.