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Majority Of NFL Players Surveyed Expect CBA Deal By Next Summer

SPORTING NEWS correspondents recently surveyed 100 NFL players regarding a number of league issues, including the resolution of the labor dispute and the possibility of an 18-game regular season. A majority of the players surveyed -- 79 -- believe a new CBA will be agreed to before the start of the '11 season (SPORTING NEWS TODAY, 11/3).

When will a new CBA be reached?
Summer 2011 39
Spring 2011 29
Fall 2011 20
This season 11

Falcons S Erik Coleman sad, "The players believe if the owners are losing money, they must be mismanaging their profits from lucrative TV contracts. The players would like the owners to open their financial books. You hear about all of the financial woes. What we are asking is that they show us the financial woes."

If compensated with more game checks, would you favor an 18-game schedule?
No 73
Yes 25

Redskins CB Carlos Rogers said, "I don't think the risk of injuries is worth it. It will be much higher and the workload on players bodies, with 16 games and you add the playoffs, that's a lot of work."

Do you agree with the NFL's hard line against flagrant hits?
No 58
Yes 38


What is your level of concern about the long-term effects of concussions?
High 54
Moderate 32
Low 14
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