TODAY'S QUESTION: Will there be an NFL season this fall?

Friday, March 4, 2011 | 12:16 p.m. CST; updated 1:16 p.m. CST, Friday, March 4, 2011

The National Football League and the NFL Players' Association have extended the deadline another day to try to reach a collective bargaining agreement. The two sides met Thursday, and sources say more ground was covered on that day than on any other in several months of negotiations.

Several key points the NFL and the players' association are sorting out:

  • Should there be 18-game seasons?
  • Should there be a rookie wage scale, reducing rookie signing contracts in the NFL draft?
  • How will the roughly $9 billion in revenue be split between the NFL and the players' association?

If the two sides do not reach an agreement, there could be no professional football next season. Sponsors might abandon their contracts, causing both sides to lose revenue that cannot be regained. But according to a column by ESPN writer Rick Reilly, the owners will not face financial hardships, as their combined net worths exceed $40 billion.

According the the NFL, 74 players earn more than $140 million in bonuses and other compensations in March. If a lockout ensues, they will not see that revenue. Assistant coaches stand to receive reduced contracts, and they can only earn back the money if there is a labor agreement set by the start of the season.

Friday could be the last day of negotiations , with federal mediator George Cohen in the middle. Although Cohen got the union to agree to a seven to 10 day extension of labor negotiations, the NFL has not yet accepted this latest extension. 

Do you think there will be an NFL season this fall?

Like what you see here? Become a member.

Show Me the Errors (What's this?)

Report corrections or additions here. Leave comments below here.

You must be logged in to participate in the Show Me the Errors contest.


Marina Shane March 4, 2011 | 12:45 p.m.

There's too much money involved for there not to be an NFL season in the Fall. Personally, I think watching football is a waste of time and when it comes to ticket prices they are insane to charge that much. Even my husband no longer watches the NFL games except for the Superbowl. He'd much rather watch college football (If the Sooners are playing I can rest assured my oklahoma-born hubby will be glued to the TV for the duration of the game:)

(Report Comment)
Maria Stewart August 31, 2011 | 8:36 a.m.
This comment has been removed.

Leave a comment

Speak up and join the conversation! Make sure to follow the guidelines outlined below and register with our site. You must be logged in to comment. (Our full comment policy is here.)

  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Don't use language that makes personal attacks on fellow commenters or discriminates based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
  • Use your real first and last name when registering on the website. It will be published with every comment. (Read why we ask for that here.)
  • Don’t solicit or promote businesses.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report comment" link.

You must be logged in to comment.

Forget your password?

Don't have an account? Register here.