NFL Players To Manage Finances During Lockout

Budgeting is players' big concern during lockout

      MARCO ISLAND, Fla. (AP) – Managing money when no checks are
coming in is the main topic among NFL players early in the lockout.
      Several members of the NFL Players Association's board of
directors – called player reps before the union dissolved last week
– say they are fielding many questions on benefits and money
issues. For example, paying for health insurance, which the teams
were no longer obligated to provide when the contract expired.
      Pittsburgh Steelers tackle Max Starke says he's gotten questions
from vets and rookies alike.
      Players normally receive paychecks each of the 17 weeks of the
regular season and have been urged for two years by the union to
start saving in preparation for a labor stoppage.
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