NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith’s Deal Done in March 2012

Daniel Kaplan of the Sports Business Journal reports NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith’s contract is due to expire March 14 2012, according to the organization’s annual report filed recently with the Department of Labor, meaning Smith could be up for re-election of the group not long after the labor strife between the league and players is settled.

The NFLPA paid Smith $1.53 million in the year ended Feb. 28, 2011, his first full year as head of the organization, the report filed late last month with the Labor Department revealed. The group’s licensing arm, NFL Players, paid him $920,000, the annual report shows, for a total of $2.45 million. Like his predecessor, the late Gene Upshaw, Smith’s pay is shared between the NFLPA and the for-profit licensing unit.

“His contract was obviously framed around these negotiations. He has to prove himself,” said Bill Gould, former National Labor Relations Board chairman and a Stanford Law School professor. “This whole process is a big test for him.”

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