SBJ/Jan. 31-Feb. 6, 2011/In Depth

Lockout, then what?

Here’s what could happen at key dates if no labor agreement is reached and owners declare a lockout:

March 4:
Free agency

None would be allowed. However, the league could impose work rules on players instead of locking them out, which would allow free agency to proceed. But the union could counter by asking the National Labor Relations Board to stop it.

March 20-23: League annual meeting, New Orleans
Would still be held, but would lose some of its pizzazz. Coaches and general managers attend these meetings and talk with reporters about their teams and planning for the upcoming season. Whether the coaches and general managers would attend this one is unclear.

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The arrival of training camp could bring a greater urgency to get a deal completed.
April: Option bonuses
Would not be paid to players due bonuses at this time.

April 28-30: NFL draft, New York City
Would be held according to terms of the current CBA, but teams could not sign the players.

Late April-early May: Rookie and veteran mini camps
Would not be held.

Mid-May: Organized team activities (OTAs)
Would not be held.

May 24-25: NFL spring owners meeting
Would still occur.

June 26-July 2: Rookie symposium
Would not be held.

Mid-July: Training camps

Would not be held.

Aug. 6: Pro Football Hall of Fame Game, Class of 2011 Enshrinement, Canton, Ohio
First game of the preseason, as with other preseason games, would not be held. However, enshrinement would still occur as the Hall of Fame is a separate entity from the NFL.

Sept. 8: Regular-season start
No games would occur. Also, this date would mark the first game checks that would not be sent to players.

— Compiled by Daniel Kaplan

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