NFL Player Association partners with Uber
by ELWYN HENDERSON
Sep 04, 2013 | 638 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
  In a teleconference on Wednesday, Sept. 4, at 10 a.m. Central Daylight Time NFLPA General Counsel DeMaurice Smith announced to media on the call that the NFLPA has made the decision to partner with Uber.  Uber is a worldwide transportation company that offers state of the art technology and marketing.  Smith said the decision was made “for safety’s sake to keep players and the public safe.  Uber meets that by utilizing mobile devices such as smart phones.”

     Travis Kalanick, Co-Founder and CEO of Uber, was also on the call and he explained that once a person downloads the Uber app on their Smartphone they can utilize the services of Uber.  “Our app works with I Phone, Droid, and even Blackberry.  You just push a button and in five minutes a car arrives.”

     Kalanick went on to say that Uber is currently in 40 cities in the US, and that they match up well with NFL players and cities where they play.  He said they offer a reliable and convenient ride and a car is always just five minutes away.  Though they do serve the general public in the US, Kalanick said a lot of their customers are NFL players. He said their program helps avoid drunk driving.  He indicated most accidents involving NFL players drinking and driving occur between 2 AM and 4 AM on Friday and Saturday nights.

     He concluded his remarks by saying that Uber is currently in 17 of the 31 NFL Cities and they are growing rapidly and expect to be in over 20 NFL cities by the first quarter of next year.  He pointed out they are NOT in Houston at the present due to the taxi lobby there and in other places like Miami.  He said it frequently takes close to an hour to get a cab in those two cities.

     One of the major reasons the NFLPA decided to go down this road was the tragic incident on December 8th of last year when Dallas Cowboys player Josh Brent had a wreck while driving at over two times the legal limit and killed his friend and Cowboys Practice Squad player Jerry Brown.  Brent was arrested and charged with intoxication manslaughter following the death.
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