Why NFL players oppose more games on the schedule

March 2, 2011

By Katie O'Brien

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N.F.L. Commissioner Roger Goodell has been attending bargaining sessions in Washington, where little progress has been reported.

Football season is over but the battle over an National Football League labor agreement continues. The NFL’s collective bargaining agreement expires at the end of the day Thursday. If players and owners can’t hash out a new agreement there will be a lockout. That means a lot less to do on Sundays this coming fall. Issues up for grabs include the number of regular season games and disability coverage for players.

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decided to poke into some of these sticking points – many of which have directly affected some of Chicago’s players. Eight Forty-Eight spoke to ESPN's Lester Munson, Dr. Mark Lovell of the Sports Medicine Concussion Program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Garrett Webster, administrator at the Brain Injury Institute and son of Hall of Famer Mike Webster.

Tuesday night a U.S. District Judge in Minnesota ruled on the television contract issue. Judge Doty found that the NFL violated the collective bargaining agreement by negotiating a lockout provision with the TV networks. This is a major victory for the NFL Players’ Association.


Note: Additional audio was obtained from NFL Films.