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We have posted in the past about athletes and their rights to workers compensation in the blog and news section on our website. There have been a lot of stories in the news recently about athletes and their injuries and whether or not they are getting the protection they need or the training that is needed to prevent these injuries. More importantly, how will these athletes get compensated when they are injured and are no longer able to perform.
The NFL has reported that they wanted to expand the playoffs to include an additional four teams and increase the number of playoff teams from 12 to 14. For the fans, this would be a great thing (as long as your team makes it), but for some players who get hurt in those games, it may not be. Especially players with the New Orleans Saints.
The Louisiana House of Representatives passed a bill, H.B. 1069, that would "substantially reduce the workers compensation benefits" for professional athletes. The play-off expansion would change the working condtions for the athletes because they are paid less for playoff games than during the regular season. Due to the fact that the athletes are paid less during the playoff games, it would reduce their workers compensation benefits in the state of Louisiana.
Why would a legislature enact this bill? Certainly players and the union are opposed to it. Some say that any players planning to sign with the Saints, should be warned about how this will affect them and their benefits during the postseason. There are many who do not agree with this, like veteran Washington Redskins safety, Ryan Clark. He tweeted, "...I don't know how they can ask players to consider expanding the playoffs while they attack our injury benefits".
What do you think? And what will Louisiana do if a player sustains brain damage during a playoff game? Make him a ward of the state, receiving state benefits and Medicaid at the expense of taxpayers, instead of his employer?