N.F.L. Labor Issues On the Horizon

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Friday May 16, 2008

NEW YORK (AP) -- NFL owners could opt out of their agreement with
the players union next week, which could result in a 2010 season
with no salary cap.

The labor agreement is on the agenda when league owners meet
Tuesday in Atlanta. In the agreement signed in March of 2006, both sides were given the right to get out of the deal by November 8th. League officials noted that doesn't mean that a decision could not be made earlier.

That contract was due to expire at the end of the 2013 season.
If the owners nullify it, it would end after the 2011 season with
2010 being uncapped. The end of the agreement does not necessarily mean that there will be a work stoppage, although NFL Players Association executive director Gene Upshaw has predicted that the owners could lock out the players in 2011. An early opt out could also lead to earlier talks on a new deal.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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