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Goodell Remains Optimistic About CBA Talks, Hopes For Progress
Published January 15, 2010
|Goodell Says Its Becoming Increasingly
Likely NFL Will Be In Uncapped Season
SIDES STILL FAR APART: NFLPA Exec Dir DeMaurice Smith Wednesday addressed the CBA negotiations and said he has a "hard time understanding why in the era of such good business why we just can't get this thing taken care of sooner rather than later." When asked whether he has been contacted by politicians about preventing a work stoppage in '11, Smith said the NFLPA has "fielded a lot of questions across the board and some of those questions have come from not only people on the Hill but people within state houses, state legislatures, state attorney generals, consumer interest groups." Smith: "Everyone wants to make sure that this game goes forward and the players are absolutely committed to that. It's my job to try to figure out why eight billion isn't enough" (CHICAGOBREAKINGSPORTS.com, 1/13).
INCONSISTENT POSITION? In St. Paul, Brian Murphy reports the NFL "went on the offensive in a Minneapolis courtroom Thursday, attacking claims" by Vikings DTs Kevin and Pat Williams that the league "violated state drug-testing laws when it suspended them" in '08 for taking the StarCaps supplement, which contains a banned substance. The NFL "argued for the first time Thursday that the Williamses could not sue the league for violating" the Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace Act because the Vikings "are their employers, not the NFL, which is responsible for disciplining players under the anti-doping policy." Peter Ginsberg, an attorney for the Williamses, "seized on that to portray a conflict in legal positions the NFL is staking in separate court cases," including American Needle v. NFL. The league in that case Wednesday "argued its teams should be allowed to operate as a single business unit when negotiating licensing and merchandising contracts" (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 1/15).