New CBA deal to be wrapped up by the Super Bowl? Seems unlikely.

Call me pessimistic but Roger Goodell’s belief that a new labor agreement could be in place by the Super Bowl seems overly optimistic. Especially when he says things like, “if we all commit to [working on the deal] and work hard at it.”

Nothing has changed over the past couple of months when it comes to settling differences between the owners and players. The owners still want the players to take a pay cut and add games to the regular season, but the NFLPA is in favor of neither. The players want to know why the owners aren’t making any money while the popularity of the league continues to grow, which is certainty understandable.

While appearing on Wednesday’s edition of The Herd with Colin Cowherd, NFLPA president Kevin Mawae echoed those feelings.

“Every week and every year we hear that the ratings are up, more tickets are sold this year than ever before, more advertising is being sold now than ever before, all that does is generate revenue and we have to listen to the owners tell us that we’re not making money. That’s a hard thing to understand when you won’t show us where you’re losing money because you’re afraid to show us your books.”

While fans would love to see Goodell’s projection that a new deal could be wrapped up by the Super Bowl, even he is being realistic about the situation.

“It takes productive dialogue, which means we’ve got to get to that place where we’re making significant progress in getting an agreement,” he said. “It’s not just about meetings and dialogues. It’s about getting real, significant progress on the key issues.”

I’ve held the belief that the NFLPA and owners won’t leave millions of dollars on the table by not getting a new deal worked out. While I still believe that, it would also be naïve to think that greed doesn’t exists. Both sides want to make as much money as possible and a 2011 lockout is still a real possibility.

So instead of talking about it, let’s hope both sides will actually get something done after the holidays so we can have football next fall.

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Talks between Colts, Manning going slowly

Feb. 07, 2010 - Miami Gardens, Florida, USA - PEYTON MANNING direct his offense in the first quarter of Super Bowl XLIV at Sun Life Stadium.

While catching the Red Sox-Orioles game on Saturday night, Colts’ president Bill Polian admitted that contract talks between the team and quarterback Peyton Manning are going slowly because of the uncertainty of the new CBA deal.


“It’s bound to have some effect,” Polian told “What we don’t know is what the system is going forward. It makes it really difficult working out a deal that makes sense for everybody because you don’t know what the [salary] cap will be, what the ramifications are, how things count. All of that makes it a little difficult. We’ve been going slowly along with [Manning’s agent] Tom Condon because we’re trying to formulate some things that will fit no matter what the system is.”

Signing Manning to a new contract is only a matter of time for the Colts, much like the owners and NFLPA agreeing on a new CBA deal. It appears as if one won’t happen until the other gets done, but they both will happen.

But what’s interesting is the potential domino effect that will transpire once the new CBA deal is signed. Manning would probably be the first to get a new deal and it’ll likely be the biggest contract in NFL history. Then the Patriots, in typical Patriot fashion, will wait until the parameters of Manning’s deal are in place so that they can give slightly less to Tom Brady, who is also playing in the final year of his contract. Then, once Tom Terrific is signed, Donovan McNabb can get the contract extension that he’s seeking from the Redskins.

Once all of that happens and the entire state of Alaska melts, I’ll finally get my millions. I’ve put together a diagram below to show the sequence of events that I just wrote about, just in case things were a little confusing above.

New CBA Deal
Peyton Manning
Tom Brady
Donovan McNabb
Alaska Melts

It’s science.

Is a NFL lockout coming in 2011?

The NFL is heading for an uncapped 2010 season, but according to Yahoo! Sports (via, the popular league might be dangerously close to a lockout in 2011.

So it’s no shocker to hear, via ProFootballTalk, that the conversations that the two sides are having about the collective-bargaining agreement are reportedly going “poorly.” There are once-optimistic players who are now thinking that a lockout is coming in 2011.

The supposed deadline for a new CBA to be worked out is March of next year. The old CBA got chucked aside when the owners decided to opt out of it in the spring of 2008.

The people most affected by a 2011 lockout would the fans. The NFL is wildly popular, but people are already turned off by how much athlete’s are making in a poor economy. If they wind up holding out because the NFLPA and the league can’t strike a new CBA deal, then the NFL will lose fans just like the MLB did when baseball held a strike in the mid 90s.

I couldn’t imagine a year without football and I don’t want to. Hopefully the NFLPA is realistic with its demands and we will see a cap in place in 2010. If that can’t happen, then let’s hope a deal is struck in March of next year so we’ll have football in the fall of 2011.

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