Stemming from the June 26, 2007, House Judiciary Committee hearing on the National Football League’s treatment of retired players, Roger Goodell and Gene Upshaw received letters from the Committee posing questions which were to be answered by the NFL and NFLPA. The Committee asked the Commissioner and Union Executive Director to provide responses to the letters by October 26, 2007, at 10:00 a.m. More than a week has passed since the deadline and the House Judiciary Committee still has not received responses from either party.
Many retired players have complained about long delays in the processing of NFL disability claims. Since the NFL and NFLPA have failed to respond to the United States Congress in a timely manner, how can players applying for disability benefits expect any better treatment?
Update: As of November 5, 2007, 1:15 p.m. EST, the Judiciary Committee reported they had recently received a response from the NFL, but had not received a response to the letter addressed to Gene Upshaw.
Update: As of November 7, 2007, 9:30 a.m. EST, the Judiciary Committee reports they have finally received a response to from the NFLPA. The Committee also received approximately 2,000 pages of documents from the NFL and NFLPA.