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Once completed, new CBA will be as long as 10 years

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With a labor deal moving closer and closer to becoming a reality, plenty of you have inquired about the length of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

For weeks, we’ve been hearing a maximum of 10 years, with a minimum of eight.  Recently, 10 has emerged as the magic number.

Adam Schefter of ESPN pegged the range earlier today as seven to 10 years.  It’s the first time we’ve seen a number lower than eight years.

The bigger question will be whether either side can pull the plug early, like both sides were able to do under the last CBA.  If that’s in the deal, the trigger date for ending the agreement prematurely becomes the next date to watch for the possible return of labor unrest.

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28 Responses to “Once completed, new CBA will be as long as 10 years”
  1. paulseiferth says: Jul 15, 2011 11:36 AM

    I don’t want to go through this again in 10 years

  2. twitter:Chapman_Jamie says: Jul 15, 2011 11:38 AM

    Sounds good to me.

  3. captainwisdom8888 says: Jul 15, 2011 11:40 AM

    I’ll be 33 years old next time I have to deal with this nonsense…I can live with that.

  4. apdaddy77 says: Jul 15, 2011 11:40 AM

    Sweet, cant wait for ten years. This has been way too fun. Instead of seeing my team pursue free agents, ive been checking this website everyday to read so much legal jargon i feel like i could pass the bar. At least i got something out of it.

  5. goldeelox says: Jul 15, 2011 11:44 AM

    Prepare for DeMaurice Smith Jr.

  6. micronin127 says: Jul 15, 2011 11:44 AM

    As long as they don’t mess this up, they can easily use the new CBA to set fresh records for TV licensing deals and league revenue and the salary cap is likely to go WAY UP.

    Everybody can win. If they viewed each other as partners…. which they don’t.

  7. nmdolphan says: Jul 15, 2011 11:45 AM

    This is good news. I can’t go through a summer like this more than once every ten years. Let’s hope they start the talks in 8 years so something like this doesn’t happen again! This lockout BS sucked! Thank God it is alomost over.
    Ahhhhhh! Football is in the air!

  8. packerfaninfl says: Jul 15, 2011 11:47 AM

    I have a question and have no idea where to ask so I thought here would work. I was under the impression not all players were in the NFLPA so why are they all locked out?

  9. bearskoolaid1985 says: Jul 15, 2011 11:47 AM

    No less than 10 years

  10. bubbabart says: Jul 15, 2011 11:48 AM

    Great…I’ll be dead and buried when the next one comes up.

  11. shian11 says: Jul 15, 2011 11:48 AM

    So after this mess we will have 7-10 years of Josh Freeman, mike Williams, arrelious been, lagerette blunt, and a young talented bucs “d” controlling the NFC!!! And then after that, more labor unrest!! Sounds great to me!!!!

  12. southpaw2k says: Jul 15, 2011 11:48 AM

    Just because the new CBA could expire in 10 years doesn’t mean we’ll be facing another lockout at that point. Remember the only reason this CBA had expired was because the owners had an opt out clause in 2008, which they had chosen to exercise. I’m not sure how long the CBA would have lasted had they not chosen to opt out, but having such an option in this new agreement is a much more important footnote than anything else here. And if both sides are happy with how the CBA progresses over the next several years, they will likely choose to renew the agreement as it is well before it’s set to expire again.

  13. tommyf15 says: Jul 15, 2011 11:49 AM

    Hate to say it, but there will almost definitely be an opt-out for each side before ten years, and likely before eight. Too much can change over that period of time.

  14. tommyf15 says: Jul 15, 2011 11:51 AM

    micronin127 says:
    Everybody can win. If they viewed each other as partners…. which they don’t.

    I don’t view myself as a 27-foot tall alien, because I’m not. Same reason the owners and players shouldn’t see themselves as partners.

  15. robf2010 says: Jul 15, 2011 11:54 AM

    If there is an early out in the deal, one side or the other will surely exercise it.

  16. yankees2009 says: Jul 15, 2011 11:55 AM

    In ten years, it hopefully won’t be this bad. Hopefully they’ll just want to renew this CBA (adjusted for inflation, of course) for another ten years or so

  17. gfan8611 says: Jul 15, 2011 11:58 AM

    Neither side is going to sign anything that locks them up for a decade. They’ll both have the option to opt out and I’ll be surprised if it isn’t as soon as two to three years.

  18. brickwilly says: Jul 15, 2011 12:07 PM

    Hopefully there will be a different commissioner by then.

  19. kingjoe1 says: Jul 15, 2011 12:08 PM

    We will all be gone after next years apocolypse anyway, so 7 years, 10 years 10000 years, wont manner.

  20. raidermick says: Jul 15, 2011 12:13 PM

    In ten years the Raiders will have won 7 more Super Bowls putting them at the lead with 10 Rings…

    This is from a great source whom I can mention.

    My source is John Titor…

    The Greatness of the Raiders is in the Future and the Future is upon us…

    Late…

  21. phillysports7 says: Jul 15, 2011 12:15 PM

    maybe they should make it permanent. no more lockouts ever!

  22. tommyf15 says: Jul 15, 2011 12:20 PM

    yankees2009 says:
    In ten years, it hopefully won’t be this bad.

    ?????????????

    It seems as if the NFL won’t miss a single game due to this lockout.

    Compare that to the most recent lockouts in sports, where the NHL lost a full season and the NBA lost nearly half it’s regular season.

    Assuming the lockout ends soon, from a fan’s standpoint this work stoppage was really just a bunch of hand-wringing.

  23. ididntsaythat says: Jul 15, 2011 12:22 PM

    Whatever…just so long as they get it done and start free agency! My Boys desperately need some help in the secondary!!!

  24. j0esixpack says: Jul 15, 2011 12:43 PM

    Well, not to throw cold water on a 10 year deal, but I’ve heard that they’ll re-open discussions to discuss an 18 game schedule much sooner than that

    … which actually makes a lot of sense: Table negotiations on an expanded season for now – lock into a 10 year agreement that can continue regardless of how talks about an 18 game season go – but it also opens the door to some give and take in order to expand revenues as early as 2013 with an 18 game season, IF the parties can negotiate that agreement early enough

    I guess the good news is that if they can’t reach an agreement on an expanded season in negotiations next year, the existing CBA is still in place

    But once there’s discussion of give and take to get to an expanded season, anything and everything is back on the table – which is probably something both sides won’t mind.

  25. 1stngoal says: Jul 15, 2011 12:45 PM

    Nice. Hopefully we will have labor peace for the next decade and beyond. :-)

  26. j0esixpack says: Jul 15, 2011 12:47 PM

    @tommyf15 says: Assuming the lockout ends soon, from a fan’s standpoint this work stoppage was really just a bunch of hand-wringing.

    From a casual fan’s view point, yes – as long as all games are played I suppose they’ll think the work stoppage had no impact.

    The truth is, with a limited offseason and free agency that’s going to be INCREDIBLY rushed, with free agency taking place AFTER the draft, and all new players having VERY limited time to learn new schemes – that’s going to affect the quality of play this season

    If you’re paying full price for season tickets to see a sub-par season of football, this impasse has already had a major adverse impact on the quality of the game from a true fan’s standpoint.

  27. huegtoad says: Jul 15, 2011 12:52 PM

    one thing i think is, is when you have two new negotiators running a labor dispute, it might take time like it did this time. Remember, in the past Paul Taglibou(spelling)and Gene Upshaw had a relationship which made negotiating easier. The last time, they got a deal done before the deadline for a lockout largley due to the relationship they had. Now i think D. Smith and R. Godell could have done a better job, especially early on, but their relationship has been devleloping and as that has developed, the negotiating has been more productive and less contentious. i think the next time this rolls around, they will be able to work much better and we won’t have to worry as much. i am just excited that the league is going to force teams to spend(the floor thingie) becasue my bears have about 40 million left to spend and have needs that can be addressed by sed spending and the combination of the rookie limits and the fact that our pick was in the 20’s, the money will be spent on vets!!!! bear down mr. angelo, bear down!!!

  28. tommyf15 says: Jul 15, 2011 1:32 PM

    j0esixpack says:
    The truth is, with a limited offseason and free agency that’s going to be INCREDIBLY rushed, with free agency taking place AFTER the draft, and all new players having VERY limited time to learn new schemes – that’s going to affect the quality of play this season

    If you’re paying full price for season tickets to see a sub-par season of football, this impasse has already had a major adverse impact on the quality of the game from a true fan’s standpoint.

    No offense, but that falls into the “reaching for something to complain about” category.

    Sort of like when a lifeguard saves a child from drowning at the beach and the parent complaining that the kid lost his baseball cap in the process.

    Having a shortened offseason and missing workouts is nowhere near as bad as work stoppages typically are in sports.

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