Archive for January, 2010

AP: 212 players may lose unrestricted free agency

Eight players selected to the 2010 Pro Bowl -– including NFL sack leader Elvis Dumervil and NFC receiving yards leader Miles Austin –- are among the more than 200 NFL players who stand to be restricted free agents rather than unrestricted free agents without a new collective bargaining agreement, Howard Fendrich of The Associated Press reported on December 30.

“All of a sudden, your rules change,” said quarterback Jason Campbell, who started all 16 games for the Redskins in 2009. “It’s going to affect us not just short term but long term.”

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How we arrived at this point in NFL labor

The current Collective Bargaining Agreement, initially negotiated in 1993, has been extended on several occasions, most recently in March 2006. 

NFL clubs voted unanimously in May 2008 not to extend the agreement beyond the 2010 season because their costs were rising faster than their revenues. The clubs are committed to negotiating a new agreement, for the 2011 season and beyond that will better serve the clubs, the players and most important, the fans.

What does this mean to fans and games on the field?

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