SANTA CLARA, Calif.
— The head of the National Basketball Association, the NFL’s parent, and the chief executive of the NFL Players Association met Tuesday for a meeting to discuss the league’s leadership role in addressing the issues that have plagued its players in recent years.
The meeting came after more than a year of turmoil, with several players taking their grievances to the union and the league saying it was taking steps to address the issue.
Players, including some former NFL stars, are seeking to unionize in an effort to improve their lives.
On Wednesday, the players met with commissioner Roger Goodell, who told them the league was committed to addressing the issue, and said that if it didn’t, he would be resigning.NFL Players Association President DeMaurice Smith said after the meeting that players will not accept Goodell’s resignation and said he was willing to meet with Goodell.
“We’re going to sit down with Roger and the commissioner,” Smith said.
“I’m willing to sit there and listen to the commissioner.
I’ll be the first one to sit up there and say ‘Roger, listen, I’m willing and ready to sit here and listen.'”
Smith also said the union will continue to speak out about issues with Goodell, including the use of a helmet camera during the National Anthem and other topics.
He did not say what those issues are.
The NFLPA also called on the league to adopt a new policy that would allow players to take the field with their helmets in a helmet-less state during games and at halftime.
The policy, which is in place at the moment, is currently being considered by the league.
The union has been working on a new, more uniform policy, and it was not clear if it would be approved by Goodell.
The league has said that the new policy will be reviewed and that it will be rolled out in phases over the next year.
Smith said the league wants to do more than just a helmet policy.
“There are a lot of things that the league needs to be doing.
We’re not just going to talk about helmet, helmet, no helmet,” Smith told reporters.”
The NFL has a lot more work to do to address these issues, but I’m very optimistic about that.”
Smith said that Goodell has been receptive to his concerns about the use by players of their helmets during the anthem and that he would like to see the league implement an end to the helmet cameras during games.
Smith also met with the league on Tuesday to discuss other issues, including a possible lockout, which has already been discussed by league commissioner Roger Shuler and the union.
The NFLPA has called for a lockout to be put on hold, which would allow for the return of regular-season games to resume after a break of more than two months.
The NBA, which owns the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers and the Sacramento Kings, is one of the league players with the most active players’ union members.
NBA Players Association president Mark Bartelstein said Wednesday that the union has no interest in having a lockout, but he said it is possible for the league and the players to negotiate a lockout.
The lockout has been discussed as the NFL prepares to host a season-opener on Sept. 16, but the league has yet to confirm that schedule.
The National Football League has had a tumultuous relationship with players.
Players have staged several sit-ins and protests during the past few years to protest the lack of a living wage and a lack of fair pay for players, including those who work at the highest levels of the game.
The players union last month said it would take a pay raise of 50 percent for the entire roster in 2017.