FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - A memorable season capped by a
super title game with a record TV audience has NFL executives and
The smiles might soon disappear.
Pro football is headed into the great unknown. Barring a quick -
and totally unexpected - agreement with the players' union on a new
contract, 2010 will have no salary cap. After that, perhaps a work
stoppage, something NFL Players Association executive director
DeMaurice Smith puts at "14" on a scale of 1 to 10.
Commissioner Roger Goodell doesn't agree, believing negotiations
will lead to a new deal before March 2011, when the collective
bargaining agreement expires. But an accord before the New Orleans
Saints begin defense of their Super Bowl championship in September