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Assisting in the NFLPA search will be retired athletic director at the University of Wisconsin Pat Richter, who has been hired as a consultant to provide perspective and background. Richter is a former NFL player and was on the union's executive committee during his days as a tight end for the Redskins in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
The lack of an executive director shouldn't affect labor talks after the NFL announced its decision to opt out of the current collective bargaining agreement. If no new deal is reached by spring, there's likely to be an uncapped year in 2010, the season before the contract is expected to expire.
The union has already determined that interim director Richard Berthelsen, with direction from the NFLPA's executive board, will be handling negotiations.
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