National Football Heading Towards A Strike
There is talk about a possible strike lingering in the air for the National Football League.
Not everybody that watches football knows about the possible strike that may or may not take
place in 2011. The problem the owners of the teams and the players of the teams are having,
involve the salary cap and a possible uncapped year If there is a strike what affect will it have on
the sport of football and its fans? What is the player’s union trying to do about it on Capitol Hill?
Is there going to be a strike or will the owner and players come to an agreement on the salary
When do fans have to start worrying about a strike? After the 2010 season, the real
fireworks will begin in July 2011 if there is no new labor agreement reached in the next year. If
the owners hadn’t exercised their right to opt out in November of last year the salary cap deal
was to have run through to 2012. The National Football League will continue to negotiate. If no
accord is reached before March 2010 the following season will be played without a salary cap.
For instance, to become a free agent in an uncapped year, a player would have to have six years
of service with team instead of the usual four. The eight teams with the best records in 2010
would be prevented from signing free agents to other teams. And every team would be given a
second transition tag, meaning each could prevent three players (two with transition tag and one
with a franchise tag) from hitting the open market (Pompei).
But it’s impossible to think about what’s maybe looming just ahead of us in the NFL’s
not so distant future. It’s one of the two most dreaded words in sports fan lexicon, lockout. It was
last summer when the first buzzards started to fly. That’s when, according to Pro Football talk,
Steeler’s quarterback Charlie Batch delivered the sobering news to rookies gathered at the
league-sponsored symposium for first...