Seattle Seahawks star Richard Sherman said NFL players must be willing to go on strike if they want similar salaries seen in the NBA and MLB.
Many players, from Sammy Watkins to Emmanuel Sanders, have voiced their displeasure about their NFL salaries compared to basketballers and baseballers.
With NBA free agency in its first month, several six-figure contracts have made headlines. There is one thing both NBA and MLB players have in common – they have gone on strike in past seasons.
"If we want, as the NFL, as a union, to get anything done, players have to be willing to strike. That's the thing that guys need to 100 per cent realise," Super Bowl champion and four-time Pro-Bowler Sherman said at the ESPYs on Wednesday.
"You're going to have to miss games, you're going to have to lose some money if you're willing to make the point, because that's how MLB and NBA got it done. They missed games, they struck, they flexed every bit of power they had, and it was awesome. It worked out for them."
An NBA player lockout in 2011 shortened the season from 82 games to 66, but the players did win a larger share of revenue and the salary cap and luxury tax were both restructured.
The last MLB player strike affected both the 1994 and 1995 seasons, and resulted in the cancelation of the 1994 World Series.
The NFL had its own lockout in 2011, but it only lasted from March to July, so it did not directly affect the regular season.
NFL players did strike in 1982, resulting in a nine-game season.
Another aspect Sherman said NFL players need to look at is how their contract is structured.
Instead of mammoth five or six-year deals, NBA players take on shorter contracts for a max payday.
"NBA players like KD [Kevin Durant] and LeBron [James] are sitting there taking two-year deals like it's nothing," Sherman said. "They figure, 'I'll take a two-year deal because I'm going to wait for the salary cap to increase and get another bite at the apple.' In our sport, they won't do it."
24 de septiembre 2017
|Patriots owner Robert Kraft, a Trump ally, ´deeply disappointed´ by president´s tone|
|BREAKING NEWS: Billy Vunipola sidelined for four months|
|Mendy hoping to follow successful City season with World Cup triumph|
|Sampdoria 2 AC Milan 0: Duvan Zapata claims family bragging rights|
|Dybala backs dropped Higuain to rediscover clinical touch|
|President Donald Trump continues shots at NFL in Sunday morning tweets|
|WATCH: Injured Rossi survives practice shunt|
|21st century boy - Lyon youngster Geubbels makes Ligue 1 history|
|Jones: England looking for a rookie with X-factor|
|Sensational Kipchoge storms to Berlin victory|
|Napoli fear more knee surgery for Milik|
|Spalletti promises reaction from smarting Inter|
|Beale eyes morale-boosting Bloemfontein win|
|Hughie Fury would wipe the floor with Anthony Joshua, says promoter|
|Montella backs ´fired up´ AC Milan to ´raise the bar´|
|French Open champion Ostapenko seals second career title in Seoul|
|Meunier: PSG don´t have Neymar dependency|
|Brewers claim walk-off win over Cubs|
|Pogba could have surgery on hamstring injury – surgeon|
|Wozniacki ends 2017 drought with Tokyo title|
|MLS Review: Shield-chasing Toronto beaten again, Union extinguish Fire|
|Casey motivated by near-misses in pursuit of glory|
|Kisner takes helicopter from East Lake to Georgia game|
|Spieth adds ´cheerleading´ to game plan as FedEx Cup hopes fade|
|Allegri: Higuain needs to rediscover form after Juve axing|
|Stanton closes in on Maris record with 57th homer|
|Yankees back in postseason after clinching playoff spot|
|Juventus great Nedved comes out of retirement|
|I´ll be back! Schwarzenegger visits Barcelona|
|A future doubles pair? Federer and Nadal say no after memorable clash|
|Are you on loan from Man City? Messi quizzes Girona´s Maffeo|
|Curry responds to Trump uninviting Warriors to White House|
|Casey takes outright lead at Tour Championship|
|ICC launches investigation in Sri Lanka following corruption allegations|
|CAF Champions League Review: Holders Sundowns out on penalties|
|Alba lauds Valverde´s impact at in-form Barcelona|
|Pjanic: Things will only get better for Juventus|
|Bosz points to collective effort despite Aubameyang & Philipp heroics|
23 de septiembre 2017
|Zebre see off sorry Kings, victories for Cardiff and Scarlets|
|Juventus and Napoli make record-breaking Serie A start|
|Federer and Nadal join forces in Laver Cup win|
|Atletico have improved despite transfer ban, says Simeone|
|Championship Review: Pacesetters Leeds, Cardiff & Wolves battle to wins|
|Mikautadze sees red as Bordeaux beat Montpellier, Clermont see off Racing|
|Paire to face Gojowczyk in Moselle Open final|
|Klopp: We are not the Harlem Globetrotters|
|Juventus 4 Torino 0: Dybala stars again in rampant derby victory|
|Girona 0 Barcelona 3: Centurion Suarez seals Catalan derby triumph|
|Goodell calls Trump comments on anthem protests ´divisive´|
|He´s been brilliant – Henderson delighted with Coutinho contribution|
|Klopp sees flawed performance at Leicester as typical of Liverpool|
|Benteke knee injury piles more woe on Palace|
|Emery angry at failure to give PSG ´very clear´ penalty|
|Llorente agrees new four-year Real Madrid deal|
|Ronaldo relaxed despite goalscoring woes, says Zidane|
|Dyche demands rule change after Van La Parra dive|
|Bjerregaard takes slender Portugal Masters lead|
|Sane´s simple stuff delights Guardiola after poor pre-season|
|Borussia Dortmund 6 Borussia Monchengladbach 1: Aubameyang hat-trick inspires Dortmund rout|
|Leicester City 2 Liverpool 3: Classy Coutinho helps to halt Reds slump|
|Wakefield hammer Wigan to finish fifth, winning farewell for Smith|
|Manchester United to take action after Lukaku chants resurface|
|Clement shoulders blame as Swansea´s home woes continue|
|18 shots, zero goals - why Cristiano Ronaldo is LaLiga´s most frustrated player|
|Like Barca without Messi or Madrid without Ronaldo – Verratti insists Neymar-less PSG are still grea|
|Chelsea star Morata must continue scintillating form – Conte|
|LeBron James calls President Trump a ´bum´ after uninviting Warriors to White House|
|Mourinho hails ´amazing´ Manchester United fans despite reprisal of Lukaku song|
|Vunipola injured in Saracens rout, Tigers and Falcons win on the road|
|Caixinha stands by ´loud and clear´ Old Firm row with Brown|