Originally posted on sports.espn.go.com  |  Last updated 5/20/8
"The NFL officially notified its players union on Tuesday that it will opt out of the current collective bargaining agreement, which could lead to a season without a salary cap in 2010 and a possible lockout in 2011. Owners voted unanimously Tuesday morning to opt out of the deal, which was extended in March 2006. The NFL had until November to opt out, but decided to do it early instead of waiting for the deadline. The league, however, emphasized that it will keep negotiating with the NFL Players Association and said games will be played "without threat of interruption for at least the next three seasons." Apparently the biggest issue is that teams can't go after a bonus paid to a player if he breaches his contract? BUT, the NFL is the only sport without guaranteed contracts, players routinely get hurt and often seriously injured, and former players are bringing their post NFL injuries to light (this is the tip of the iceberg). For those reasons and the history of work stoppages in pro sports seriously impacting its popularity, I was very surprised to hear the owners unanimously voted against this. Someone should tell the owners that there might not be replacement players (like Keanu Reeves) ready to lace em up. Hopefully this will be resolved soon! ? but I doubt it will.
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