What is the NFL Lockout?
All this talk about the NFL Lockout but what exactly is going on?
The National Football League (NFL) and the NFL Players' Association are presently performing negotiations to implement a new collective bargaining agreement prior to the 2011 season. Both parties last amended the collective bargaining agreement in March of 2006 and it was extended for five years. NFL owners have decided to negate agreement in 2008, and proceeded through the 2010 season with no salary cap. The currentc ollective bargaining agreement has expired on March 3, 2011. Now, the race is on to reach an agreement prior to the 2011 season.
As more time passes it is possible and very probably that the NFL will be faced with a lockout if both parties do not reach an agreement. In an effort to avoid the lockout, both sides have consented to a federal mediation. The mediation began on Feb. 18, 2011 and have not yet come on an agreement.
This lockout is almost the opposite of a strike. In the event of a strike, the players would refuse to play football until their contract terms are met. During this lockout, the players are willing to keep playing and working, but the owners are the ones who are demanding concessions from their football players. Apparently, the teams are struggling financially because of how high player salaries are. Everyone has heard of salary caps, but teams are also required to meet mandatory minimum salary requirements.
Basically, if the deal does not meet the owners needs then they will literally lockout the players.
Whose side are you on? The players or the owners?