DeMaurice Smith, the NFLPA's new executive director, says he will reach out to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell as soon as possible to begin negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement.
The Washington D.C.-based attorney on Monday said he planned to call Goodell later in the day, saying, ``It's my hope that our first conversation of the collective bargaining agreement and other issues start today.''
Smith spoke on a telephone conference call with reporters less than 12 hours after he was elected in a vote to succeed the late Gene Upshaw.
In taking over North America's most powerful sports union, Smith faces numerous challenges, including negotiating a new contract with NFL and healing a rift with some of the league's retired players.

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