Although many NFL observers expect a work stoppage in 2011, one of the most important people on the union side and one of the most important people on the management side say there’s no reason a new Collective-Bargaining Agreement can’t be reached in 2010.
NFL Players Association President Kevin Mawae expressed optimism in an e-mail to the Associated Press.
“We should recognize the business we are both in and for our fans and workers, let’s wrap this up by the holidays,” Mawae said.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft said yesterday he thinks the deal can get done this year, too.
a deal can get done this year and actually getting a deal done this
year are two very different things. But optimistic statements from the
likes of Kraft and Mawae have to be considered positive news.