Eligible NFL Players Can Collect From Lockout Fund In April

NFL players can draw from lockout fund next month

      WASHINGTON (AP) – Each NFL player who contributed to a lockout
fund will be able to begin collecting up to a total of about
$60,000.
      After setting aside union dues and royalties during recent
seasons, eligible players may start drawing from the fund April 15.
      NFL Players Association head DeMaurice Smith said on March 18
that money was available to help players while they are not
receiving paychecks during the lockout, which owners imposed after
the collective bargaining agreement expired. Smith would not
provide details.
      NFL.com reported Tuesday the NFLPA sent out letters saying its
board of player directors “approved the payout from the Lockout
Fund to begin on April 15, in six installments or until the lockout
ends.”
      
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