Chris Bowen of Bolt Beat, the Fansided Network San Deigo Chargers blog, just forwarded me this great info and I thought I should share it with everyone as it really does affect every team and all the fans. According to a source close to the issue, the NFL and the NFLPA met today and there was supposed to be talk about the new collective bargaining agreement. Here is what was said by NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora:
The NFL and NFLPA will meet Wednesday morning in New York in their latest session toward getting a new collective bargaining agreement, according to source with knowledge of the situation.
The sides remain far apart on most major issues, and few league insiders are expecting significant progress until 2011, after the upcoming season. The thrust of Wednesday’s meeting is expected to focus on the “enhanced season,” with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the owners heavily in favor of truncating the preseason by two games and adding two regular-season games.
It’s a notion some players and NFLPA officials have taken issue with and one that likely would require changes to teams’ roster size, as well as general player compensation, obviously. The league seems committed to having this as part of any labor agreement moving forward.
Basically, some of the things issues coming up are shortening the preseason (which I am COMPLETELY for) and adding regular season games (more for me to watch, but more chance of injuries). This would mean that rosters would need to be bigger and players would need to be payed more. Hopefully this CBA gets sorted out sooner rather than later so we can get DeSean Jackson a nice new contract like he deserves.
Thanks again for the info, Chris!