NFL Lockout: Lockout Looming as Deadline Nears, What Does It Mean for the NFL?
NFL Lockout Looms as Collective Bargaining Agreement Set to Expire, What Will It Mean for the NFL?
It's that time of year when players and owners argue over money and we all have to sit here and rifle through all of the nonsense.
The collective bargaining agreement is set to expire on March 3, and there still appears to be no signs of anything improving in negotiations.
But the players' union still has one trick up its sleeve: the union could effectively cease to exist, decertifying and consequently being able to take the NFL and owners to court with antitrust claims.
We've seen this before.
In 1989 the union decertified and a subsequent settlement let to free agency in 1993.
The union would have to decertify by the deadline on Thursday.
But if we are indeed headed for a lockout, what would it mean for the NFL?
Well, first of all, no players would be able to be signed, including players from the upcoming NFL Draft.
There would thus be no free agency and teams would be forced to look for their primary needs in the draft as a result.
Also, no offseason workouts or minicamps could be conducted and there would be no on-the-field communication between teams and players.
If the lockout lasted into season, of course, that would mean no games, an entirely different beast.
The players went on strike in the 1982 and 1987 season, as well.
In all, it's simply a jumbled mess right now, one that could become even more of a jumbled mess if the players take the NFL and owners to court.
Football and uniforms in 2011?
Try hardball and suits.
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