NFL Labor Stories in the SI Vault

Because Of A Clause, A Cause By Gwilym S. Brown, May 01, 1972 The National Football League season will get underway four months early this year. Only the game they will be playing, which pits those high-flying owners against the rough, tough players, is called Option Clause.

The Battle Is Joined By Gwilym S. Brown, March 18, 1974 A brash young lawyer named Ed Garvey leads the players' revolt.

Star-struck Canton By Ray Kennedy, August 05, 1974 The NFL dispute moved into its fourth week at the Hall of Fame game, with players out picketing and owners out-tricking.

A Strike Forces The Issue By Ray Kennedy, September 29, 1975 After the owners promised new proposals, NFL players ended a chaotic walkout and kicked off the season. But the truce may be temporary.

And Then The Clock Showed 00:00 By Robert H. Boyle, September 27, 1982 So it was sudden death -- for pro football fans, that is -- as the NFL Players Association called a strike against the game's owners, beginning this week.

Still On The Outside By David Remnick, October 05, 1987 Nearly two decades ago Dave Meggyesy took on the NFL in his scathing book. Now as a union man his struggle continues.

A Site For Sore Knees By Tim Vanderpool, September 08, 1997 Hobbled, uninsured ex-athletes find help in the hands of Dr. James St. Ville.

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