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- Aug 1, 1997
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- Lafayette, LA
At the top is whether to opt out of current CBA, rules changes
Jimmy Smith / New Orleans Times-Picayune
Imagine a group of NFL owners decked out in camouflage, customary hunting implements at the ready, standing over a golden goose.
This week at the annual spring meetings in Palm Beach, Fla., this group of megamillionaires will convene in one of the large ballrooms of a plush beach resort and hash around a few ideas. One of those is possibly opting out of the current collective bargaining agreement hammered out with players just two years ago that could inevitably lead to a work stoppage in 2011.
It was a little more than two years ago that outgoing commissioner Paul Tagliabue, in one of the final triumphs of his league leadership, successfully negotiated labor peace with the NFL Players Association and avoided the possibility of a repeat of the 1987 players strike by convincing the owners to approve a new CBA through the end of the 2011 season. It included a bulging salary cap, but at the same time improved revenue sharing among teams. Full Story – Picayunehttp://www.nola.com/saints/t-p/index.ssf?/base/sports-4/1206855330179310.xml&coll=1