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Volume 24 No. 180
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NFLPA's DeMaurice Smith Raises Specter Of Work Stoppage In '21

The current NFL CBA expires following the '20 season, and NFLPA Exec Dir DeMaurice Smith said the “likelihood of either a strike or a lockout in '21 is almost a virtual certainty.” Smith noted it was too soon to know if games would be missed, but he said, “If there is no renegotiation of the collective bargaining agreement and we reach 2021, there is no uncapped year. The last time we went through it, we found out the owners lied and cheated about the uncapped year. So why would I do that again?”

He added, “All of the mutual benefits that were supposed to happen as a result of the opt-out didn’t happen last time. Owners colluded with each other and we found out they colluded with each other” (SI.com, 8/17).