Saints News, 5/27/14: Bill That Pitted Saints Players vs. Management Scrapped

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The sponsor of Saints-backed legislation, which the NFL Players Association and some Saints players have publicly opposed because it would reduce injury benefits for players in the offseason, has decided to pull the bill. The decision came hours before Saints players were apparently expected to show up at the Louisiana State Capitol to express their opposition. The Senate was scheduled to vote on final passage of the legislation Wednesday. Rep. Chris Broadwater, told NOLA.com Tuesday he "is not planning to move the bill further," in hopes that the parties can come to a compromise regarding the formula used to calculate workers compensation benefits. In other news, the Saints started OTAs today, but the media was not allowed access. They won't be allowed in until Thursday.

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Lawmakers are getting out of a dispute between New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson and NFL players about workers compensation claims.

Louisiana workers' comp bill opposed by the NFLPA gets pulled
The bill would have calculated workers comp benefits for injured athletes based on earnings at the time of the injury, rather than future earnings – a calculation supporters had argued was in line with prevailing case law and wouldn't reduce any current player's benefits.

Sponsor of New Orleans Saints bill opposed by players pulls legislation; NFL Players Association 'gratified' | NOLA.com
Broadwater's decision came hours before Saints players were apparently expected to show up at Louisiana State Capitol to express their opposition. The Senate was scheduled to vote on final passage of the legislation Wednesday.

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