New NFLPA chief, Mawae to meet fans at Nashville restaurant

Wednesday, June 10, 2009 at 4:40pm

Newly elected executive director of the NFL Players Association DeMaurice Smith and Tennessee Titans center Kevin Mawae will meet with fans at the O’Charley’s Restaurant at 1108 Murfreesboro Road on Thursday at 5 p.m.

“It’s a meet and greet opportunity for the fans with Mr. Smith and with Kevin, and it’s an opportunity for them to thanks the fans for their support and answer any questions they might have about the NFL,” NFLPA director of communications Carl Francis said. "It's an opportunity for Mr. Smith and Kevin to meet Titans fans and thank them for their support."

Smith was selected in March to replace the late Gene Upshaw as the new executive director of the NFL Players Association.

He and Mawae, who serves as president of the NFLPA, will be on hand to answer questions fans might have about the Players Association.

Chief on the list of issues regarding the NFLPA, of course, is the current collective bargaining agreement, which is scheduled to expire in 2010 and would lead to an uncapped season that year, unless a new agreement is reached. If no new deal can be reached, a lockout in 2011 is likely.

Other issues that are currently facing the NFLPA include pension and health care issues for players who played in the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s.