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What is the NFL Lockout?

Updated on June 29, 2011

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?


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    • Joe Macho profile image


      7 years ago from Colorado

      Great explanation of the lockout, but luckily its over. Fantasy football here we come.

    • GlutenFreeLovinit profile image


      7 years ago from los angeles

      I wish they'd lockout all major sports. That way men would have nothing better to do then pamper us ladies ;) Well...the lockout was fun while it lasted.

    • funmontrealgirl profile image


      7 years ago from Montreal

      Thank god it's over eh?

    • Phil Plasma profile image

      Phil Plasma 

      7 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      I think the players should have a salary cap. It is becoming more and more expensive to attend games as the ticket prices have to go up to match the escalating player salaries. The cap has been put in place in the NHL and it appears to be working okay.

    • Lady_E profile image


      7 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks. I learn something new everyday. :)

    • Sunshine625 profile image

      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I along with millions of others want the lockout over. Thank you for the info :))

    • ndonelly profile image


      7 years ago from Lawrenceville, New Jersey

      I'm glad someone explained this!


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