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NFL: Denvers Von Miller apologizes for six-game ban

By Mike Klis
The Denver Post
First Published Aug 20 2013 09:22 pm Last Updated Aug 20 2013 11:41 pm
Denver The NFL on Tuesday slapped Broncos star linebacker Von Miller with a six-game suspension for violating its drug policy.
Never mind the Baltimore Ravens. The Broncos chances to win the Super Bowl were delivered a serious blow by the league office.
The suspension comes after league officials and Millers lawyers finalized a resolution Tuesday.
The suspension is without pay. Miller was scheduled to draw a $2,284,125 salary this season. The six missed checks over a 17-week season will cost him $806,162.
"Although my suspension doesnt result from a positive test, there is no excuse for my violations of the rules," Miller said in a statement. "I made mistakes and my suspension has hurt my team, Broncos fans, and myself. I am especially sorry for the effect of my bad decisions on others.
The suspension begins with the start of the season. He is expected to start in the Broncos preseason game Saturday night against St. Louis at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
Broncos coach John Fox said in a statement:
"Replacing him on the field will not be easy, but every team must deal with adversity. We will plan accordingly and be prepared. I am confident our team will step up and meet the challenge.
"I expect Von to stay in excellent shape and be ready to play at a high level when he returns to the Broncos."
In Millers first two NFL seasons he won the defensive rookie of the year award, earned two Pro Bowl appearances and registered 30 sacks.

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NFL Player Contract Formulation

NFL players belong to a players association derived from the National Football League. This association plays very vital roles to fashion motorcycle boots Handmade Costa Rica the players especially when it comes to the issue of remuneration, contracts and other benefits. The union normally negotiates contract matters for all players in a collective bargaining agreement document.
This document which has been in existence since 1993 governs how negotiations for individual player contracts are done. It was amended in 1998 and 2006 to be favorable to both the players and the administrative units of the league and it is expected to expire in 2012 although some of the stakeholders already requested to sign-out two years before this expiry date.
Since 1987 however, there has not been any work related stoppages following stability in administration of NFL. Other leagues and associations have had to rub shoulders with players a number of times since that period.
The rights to negotiate for contracts are divided into three categories with which each player can bargain. In the first place, players who have already been drafted and have not yet played in their first year can only bargain with the particular team that drafted them or decide to hold on out of the game until they agree. Holding out has been used by many players as a means to have their teams pay for example Baltimore Colts player John Elway in 1983 refused to play until the terms of payment were agreed upon. The Colts sold his rights to another team Denver Broncos which made him to play the game. Another player, Bo Jackson, refused to play for the whole year in 1986 and decided to play baseball for Kansas City royals rather than Tampa Bay Buccaneers which had initially drafted him. In the subsequent year, he entered the draft again and was signed in with Los Angeles Raiders team.
The second category contains players who have played for three full seasons in the league but whose contracts have expired. They are usually considered as retired free agents and have very limited rights negotiating with a club. Finally, there is a group of players who have played four and more full seasons while in the league but have their contracts expired. In this case, they have unlimited rights to bargain with any of the clubs. Such a player is called an unrestricted free agent.
In other instances, teams name a player annually to enter the franchise list and such players are eliminated from much of the negotiation rights even though this affects only few players. The remuneration of players also depends on length of time they have been playing in the league or club and this means some earn decently than others.