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Earlier this month, a federal jury in San Francisco ordered the NFLPA to pay $28.1 million to retired players after finding the union failed to properly market their images in reaching a lucrative marketing deal with Electronic Arts Inc, maker of the popular "Madden NFL" video games, sporting card companies and other sponsorship agreements.
Mawae said the union expects to appeal the ruling, but noted the next executive director will need to ease tensions between the two sides.
"The next guy's going to have to understand there are issues between the current players, the union and the perceived lack of respect for the older players," Mawae said. "It's just one of the many issues he's going to have to deal with."
Tony Richardson of the Jets, another member of the committee, concurred.
"Whoever this person is -- male, female, white, black or whatever -- they have to relate to everyone. Even in this locker room, there's 53 different guys, 53 different personalities and 53 different backgrounds," he said. "It's a challenge, so it's going to have to be a very, very unique person to have to come in and relate to this 53, but also go up the street to the Giants' facility and relate to their 53."
Dominique Foxworth of Atlanta, another member of the search committee, emphasized there is no urgency to the search because negotiations are unlikely to get serious until next year.
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