NFL, Players’ Union Cancel Day 2 Of Labor Talks

NEW YORK (AP) — Negotiations to prevent an NFL lockout took a grim turn Thursday with the cancellation of the second day of a planned two-day bargaining session.

With just three weeks to go before the collective bargaining agreement expires on March 3, talks between the owners and union came to a halt after just one session.

“We wish we were negotiating today,” NFL Players Association spokesman George Atallah said. “That’s all I can say.”

The NFL said it would not comment on CBA meetings at this point, but that Commissioner Roger Goodell canceled an owners meeting schedule for next Tuesday in Philadelphia.

The collapse of talks came as a surprise. The two sides got together Wednesday for the second time in five days, the previous negotiations taking place in Dallas on Saturday before the Super Bowl.

Neither Atallah nor NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith would comment on why Thursday’s session was called off.

Team owners opted out of the current CBA in 2008 and are seeking a bigger cut of the league’s revenues, which are roughly $9 billion, as well as a rookie wage scale. They also want to increase the regular season by two games to 18, while dropping two preseason games.

The players are happy with the status quo.

The NFL has had labor peace since a 1987 players strike that led to three games with replacement players, but some sort of labor stoppage appears a genuine possibility because of the slow pace of negotiations. The talks at the Super Bowl were the first formal discussions since November.

Can the NFL avoid a lockout? Let us know what you think in the comments below…

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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  • Dan Rakow

    CBA or No CBA PLEASE Comissioner Roger Goodell and 32 NFL Owners Let the Players play so NFL Fans can see a NFL Season in 2011.

    Here are 3 things that would happen if there is a NFL Lockout.

    1. Crime rate would Double or Triple in Major Cities like New York,Philadelphia,Chicago,Dallas and San Francisco.

    2. It would add more insult to injury to this fragile economy.

    3. NFL interest with Fans would disappear totally when there’s no NFL Games playing.

  • liwingnut

    Let me get this straight…The players are each covered by an individual contract and they have a Union ? …What next ? Retirement after 20 years with pension based on how much OT you can pilfer the last 3 years of your playing days ?
    Give me a break….! We’ve seen Cribs !

    • KPMc

      How many owners’ Cribs have you seen profiled? Did they do a segment on broke, retired players with little health benefits and being nearly crippled?

      The players didn’t opt out of the CBA.. Owners who have built multi-billion dollar monstrosity stadiums with both fans(PSLs) and taxpayers’ money in the past few years did.

      Now I’m not one for siding with spoiled millionaires OR billionaires but please think about the situation for a nano-second before making a hastily thought out comment that references a TOTALLY different situation.

      • Tommy

        The Owners are not making any money and this is a business. When businesses don’t make money they cut costs or go out of business. The players are getting too much of the revenue stream right now, after payroll there is not enough money left to pay for expenses (yes, expenses include new stadiums every 30 years or so) and make a profit. There will have to be pay cuts, plain and simple.

      • KPMc


        If the owners aren’t making money why do they own teams? You really believe that nonsense? Cause if so I have an East River bridge to sell you.

        The Giants/Jets or Cowboys did NOT need new stadiums. They needed more money and got greedy.

        Again.. I’m not defending millionaires or billionaires but how come no one is talking about lowering prices and giving back to fans who were the ones MOST hit by our bad economy?

        Because they are greedy lumps. I love NFL football but they all need to be taken down a few notches.

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