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SI's King Says Work Stoppage Likely To Delay/Cancel '11 NFL Season
Published January 19, 2010
|Smith Tells Players That Owners
Want To Cut Compensation By 18%
UNION AGAIN PUTS ONUS ON LEAGUE: Smith said of the current CBA, "We signed this deal in 2006 so every player thought this was going to be an agreement that lasted until 2012. So the players want to play. We didn't walk away from the deal at all; the owners did. ... What our fans should know is what the facts are, and that our players want to play and our fans should know it's the owners who have taken these steps, not the players" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 1/19).
IMPACT ON ASSISTANT COACHES: In Milwaukee, Greg Bedard reported the group "set up to take the hardest hit" from a possible work stoppage is assistant coaches. Most coaching staffs "run with contracts through the next season, so nearly all have contracts through '10." However, negotiations "have been going on since the end of the season about contracts for '11," and assistant coaches typically are "getting a raw deal." Owners are "putting language in new contracts that not only calls for up to a 50% wage reduction in the event of a lockout, but the right for the team to terminate the coach without further payment past 60 days." NFL Coaches Association Exec Dir Larry Kennan: "It's horrible. We're not involved in the work stoppage. The club is telling us 'we're not going to allow you to work, therefore we're going to cut your pay.' You don't like it, it's not right" (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 1/16).
Juniors Declare For '10 NFL Draft
As Fear Of Lockout Looms
BAD TIMING: The INDIANAPOLIS BUSINESS JOURNAL's Anthony Schoettle reported the Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee and the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association said that planning for Super Bowl XLVI in '12 is "proceeding at full speed in spite of the labor issue." Central Indiana Corporate Partnership President & CEO Mark Miles, the host committee's liaison to the NFL, "thinks there is little to worry about." Organizers "have already agreed to hold open the weeks" of February 5 and February 12, but an "extended labor dispute could easily push the game to late February or even early March" (IBJ.com, 1/16).