Players or Gladiators?
In 2009, DeMaurice Smith assumed what ESPN called the toughest job in sports by succeeding the late Gene Upshaw and heading into the most contentious and public labor dispute in sports history. In August 2011, Smith signed a 10-year Collective Bargaining Agreement with the NFL, ending a 132-day lockout. Prior to his work with the NFLPA, Smith served as a trial lawyer and litigation partner in Washington, D.C. and as Counsel to then-Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder in the U.S. Department of Justice.
Below is the presentation and video of the speech: