Twelve months ago the NFL Owners’ opted out of the CBA and set in motion a
series of events that are gathering pace at alarming speed.
Twelve months ago we were informed that the 2010 season would be an uncapped year and there would be restrictions on free agency movement. We as fans thought this was figuratively light years away.
Well, it has arrived and is having a serious impact on the landscape of the NFL.
Clearly it is in the owners’ interests not to have a salary cap as consequently they are not committed or hindered to a minimum salary cap figure ($112 million last year). The owners can spend as much or as little as they like.
Given the lack of communication and absence of transparency from both sides, at this present moment in time, all signs are inevitably pointing towards a lockout.
Perhaps Roger Goodell is waiting until the proverbial 11th hour to intervene but by then it may be too late. Over the next year if there is little movement in negotiations, then the level of mutual hostility will be so intense Goodell will have an easier time bridging the divide between Nancy Pelosi and Rush Limbaugh.
This is the acid test of the Goodell commissionership. It is his time to show leadership, guidance, inspiration, and direction at this most crucial of times in the history of the NFL.
The NFL Owners and NFL Players Association had better get talking quickly and talking constructively. Otherwise in September 2011, tumbleweed will be rolling across the NFL landscape and the sport’s image will be irreparably damaged for many a year to come.
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