Former Giants wide receiver Phil McConkey has few regrets. But the 1987 strike was a big one.
NFL owners voted to end the lockout on Thursday, but players have yet to draw a tally on the measure. In fact, they don’t seem happy at all, many taking to Twitter last night to voice their displeasure. It’s not exactly surprising — the dispute dates all the way back to 2008.
There will be an NFL season in 2011. That’s what many of the owners and lots of players are saying. Even though labor talks collapsed, the union dissolved itself, and star players asked for a preliminary injunction to prevent a lockout hours before the league even implemented one.
Use a 24-hour extension to get a longer reprieve. That appeared to be the approach for the NFL and the players’ union Friday as the parties agreed to extend the deadline for a new labor agreement until March 11.
A reprieve, even for one day, provided a touch of optimism in the NFL’s labor dispute with the players’ union. Nobody, though, should get comfortable.
Union executive committee member Brian Dawkins says he believes NFL owners and players have a sense of urgency to avoid a lockout because they don’t want to alienate fans. The veteran Denver Broncos safety said Tuesday “we understand who butters our bread.”