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With the NFL being one of the most premiere sports leagues and a lucrative form of entertainment to people all over the world, but to many, it is still considered a job, especially the men who play the game.

Today in a special edition of The Pivot, Ryan, Channing and Fred sit down with the man who is at the helm of the NFL’s Player Union- DeMaurice Smith for an in-depth conversation covering the state of the union, player’s contracts, injury clauses and the relationship with owners and the commissioner Roger Goodell.

Ryan starts the conversation going back to working as player rep before the lock out in 2011 and how the league has changed from then and continues to evolve every year. De talks about how he got involved as the head of the union and his passion behind his purpose and explains why he is often seen as an adversarial figure between the players and the owners and league.

Fred and Channing ask a lot of questions around injury clauses after what we saw happen with Damar Hamlin a few weeks ago as well as guaranteed contracts around quarterbacks and specifically ask about Lamar Jackson and what the future looks like for him as well as learn why it takes a unified front to go against a multi-billon dollar business.

Although this is episode is out of our the range of our normal shows, we hoped to share a breakdown from a business perspective and we worked to guide the conversation to provide viewers with a glimpse into the inner workings of the layered relationship between the National Football League the 32 owners and the men who play the game.

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