I know with the 2017 NFL season right around the corner, the last thing you want to think about is the 2021 NFL season.
Good, because there may not be one.
This, according to the executive director of the NFL Players Association DeMaurice Smith, who says that a lockout or strike in 2021 is imminent.
“I think that the likelihood of either a strike or a lockout in 2021 is almost a virtual certainty,” Smith says.
When pressed as to the possibility of games being missed Smith added:
“I don’t know now, but let’s look at our history. The owners do a deal in 2006 and opt out in 2008. We do a deal in 2011 with no opt outs because we like the benefits under the current deal and we didn’t want to give the owners a chance to opt out and take back the gains that we currently have. So we have a new deal where if it doesn’t get fixed you head into a certain small-A armageddon.”
Yeah it’s a small “a” now, because it’s five seasons away.
If you ask him describe the situation when it’s the spring of 2021 and it’ll a four-letter word …and ALL CAPS.
Source: Larry Brown Sports