During a charity bowling event on Monday night, Tampa Bay Buccaneers center and player rep Jeff Faine commented on the state of the labor negotiations.
“Right now, it’s not looking good unfortunately,” Faine said according to Joe Smith of the St. Petersburg Times. “Hopefully, the closer it gets, hopefully it’ll start getting a little better. It’s one of those things that hopefully we can figure it out, because the fans deserve good football. We really want to keep playing.”
The current collective bargaining agreement expires on March 4, at which point the NFL owners may lockout the players, who may decertify and fight the league in court.
Faine explained why there hasn’t been progress in labor talks.
“No one is budging,” Faine explained. “We’re not one to give up what we’ve already negotiated. And they’re not real willing to change.”