1133 20th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
DeMaurice Smith, Executive Director
The Federation of Professional Athletes is the umbrella organization that includes the National Football League Players Association — the officially recognized union for NFL players. Established in 1956, the NFLPA has a long history of assuring proper recognition and representation of players’ interests. It represents players in matters concerning wages, hours and working conditions and protects their rights.
The NFLPA has shown that it will do whatever is necessary to assure that the rights of players are protected—including ceasing to be a union, if necessary, as it did in 1989. In 1993, the NFLPA again was officially recognized as the union representing the players, and negotiated a landmark Collective Bargaining Agreement with the NFL. The current CBA will govern the sport through 2020.
The NFLPA negotiates and monitors retirement and insurance benefits, provides other membership services and activities and defends and enhances the image of players and their profession on and off the playing field. The Players association also provides assistance to charitable and community organizations. The NFLPA is a member of the AFL-CIO.