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NFLPA Announces Partnership For NFL Players With Uber, But Will Players Actually Use It?

xxxxxxIn one of the smarter moves the NFLPA has made in the past few years, they have announced a partnership between the NFL players and  the car service (Uber) which will hopefully cut down on drunk driving incidents.  The partnership will give players an initial $200 in credits to be used towards their rides.  The question that I still have is what else is part of the deal?  Anyone in the world can use Uber who has a smartphone, so is the $200 the main incentive to use the service?  Given players’ salaries, $200 seems like a drop in the bucket, but maybe not.  Hopefully it works, and it is at least a step in the right direction.  Currently Uber is only operational in 17 of the 31 cities which have NFL teams.

According to the NY Times:

The service, which is available in more than half of the N.F.L.’s cities, will allow players and their families to hail a ride in minutes with a few taps on their phone. Uber’s service would complement an existing program run by the union in which players can summon a car by placing a phone call. Because Uber relies on G.P.S., players will not need to know the precise address of their location to get a ride home. “This generation is more tied to having a mobile device,” said DeMaurice Smith, the executive director of the players association, who has used Uber for more than a year. “If we can move to a world where we are using the phenomenon to increase the safety of our players, then the partnership with Uber is a no-brainer.”

“We’re working to educate city governments that this reduces drunk driving and gets people out of their cars,” said Travis Kalanick, an Uber co-founder and the chief executive. “Sometimes, pro players’ lives are unscheduled, and that’s where Uber can be helpful.”