The news reports, in trying to determine whether Gene Upshaw is worthy of hagiography or not, have been looking into his dealings on behalf of the NFLPA (The NFL Player's Union). He took criticism about this time, almost exactly 12 months ago.
And who was there to defend him? Our own Labor Law-Talking Guy, who happened to do some research on not just unions, but the historical struggle of athletes to form unions. And his take on Gene Upshaw, a full year ago, suggests that Upshaw was a pretty good guy in a pretty impossible situation.
Can't recommend it enough: Read it. I don't agree with everything there, but I do recognize contributor Barnyard to know something about Labor/Ownership relations in sports.