Mr. T Posted October 14, 2010 Report Share Posted October 14, 2010 Will There Be an NFL Player's Strike or Lockout in 2011? In May 2008, NFL owners unanimously opted out of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with the NFL players' union. Bargaining talks since have been fruitless, so in all likelihood 2010 season team salaries will be uncapped. That means that owners no longer will be constrained by a salary cap ceiling ($128 million per team in 2009) or, more importantly, by a minimum team salary floor ($112.1 million, or 87.6% of the 2009 maximum). In 2011, the owners could lock out the players to pressure the players' union to accede to a new CBA. The collective bargaining agreement extension agreed to in 2006 had a provision that, starting in 2008, allowed either the owners or the players' union to opt out of it. The owners did just that, claiming that the current CBA forces them to operate in a fiscally irresponsible and unsustainable manner. According to Yahoo Sports, because recent talks have gone "poorly," the players and the union doubt that the owners will extend the CBA by the deadline of March 5, 2010, which is, according to the Green Bay Press Gazette , the start of the new NFL year. The owners say the CBA is unsustainable for several reasons. First, they argue that the NFL needs a rookie wage scale. The owners are upset about shelling out huge guaranteed contracts to unproven rookies that often don't live up to expectations. Second, as reported by ESPN shortly after the CBA opt out, owners want some mechanism for recovering bonus money from players that "breach their contracts." Third, owners, according Scores Report, say that disbursing 59.5% of total league revenues to the players places undue stress on many teams, some of which face the double whammy of rapidly rising stadium costs and declining revenues because of the current weak economy. Finally, the owners want to investigate the elimination of one of the four preseason games and instead add a 17th regular season game to bring in additional regular season television contract money, according to the New York Times. Source You can see the owners positioning themselves to look good in the media allready. I dont think that in todays economy it would be wise for the Players to walk out. There are to many people without work and it wont play good in the media. It is also possible that we could see the NFL moving to a 18 game schedule. I would like to see that. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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