The bus passengers wanted to play, even at the expense of selling out their teammates and the movement, and Meisner — then a Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman who would later play for the Chiefs — wanted to show his disapproval. A camera caught Meisner’s pose, and he can still see it in his mind, nearly a quarter-century later.
Clark Hunt has represented the Chiefs and, in many ways, all small-market football teams throughout months of labor talks between the NFL and the NFLPA. From the very beginning of discussions, ensuring that the league maintains its competitive balance has been a priority for Hunt.
The biggest factor is the recertification process of the NFL Players Association. There are important elements of an agreement between players and owners that can’t be negotiated without the NFLPA regaining union status, items like drug testing, league discipline, etc. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday that the owners’ support of the agreement depends on the recertification. Goodell and NFL lawyers have said without that, the league will not re-open its doors.
“It was a stressful process,” Hunt said “The emotions I think at times on both sides were stressed. I think clearly there is going to be a little bit of time needed for the organizations and the players to get back on the same page. I think the best way we can do that is to get training camp open and get our coaching staff in and our players going and get the fans out there and really get the 2011 season kicked off.”