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NFL Making Contingency Plans, Including 8 Game Season

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NFL Making Contingency Plans, Including 8 Game Season

The news was good on the labor front last Wednesday and Thursday when word got out that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the head of the former players union DeMaurice Smith met with a small group of representatives from each side for what turned out to be a mediation session with Judge Arthur Boylan.

Next came reports that the mediation that was originally scheduled to take place this week was being canceled because the two parties were entering into settlement talks that could ultimatley lead to a deal between the NFL and its players.

Friday, the breaks were tapped on any optimism when the two sides presented their cases in court. In that same vein, Dan Kaplan had a sobering report for Sports Business Journal this morning:

The NFL is considering season lengths for 2011 as short as eight regular-season games, half its normal number, as the league plans for the possibility of an abbreviated season because of the nearly three-month-long lockout, sources said.

The prospect of an 8 game season - in a word - sucks, but the NFL has to be prepared for every eventuality, including the need for a drastically reduced season.

No word has emerged yet on whether talks will resume (or have resumed) but Goodell, while declining to say if more talks were scheduled, told reporters last week:

I would just tell you that both sides are committed to continuing the dialogue. In negotiations, you're making different suggestions, recommendations and proposals from time to time. I think both sides will do that in a responsible fashion.

While its prudent for the NFL to be making worst-case-scenario plans, fans can only hope the league and its players are putting all their energies into finding common ground and reaching an agreement.

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PackersThad's picture

This would seriously leave a bad taste in my mouth as any team that won the Super Bowl in the abbreviated season can't surely feel as if they belong with the previous 45 champions...

PackersRS's picture

Fully agreed.

Unless it's us.

Then it'll be validated somehow. Probably by pointing that we did win the season before, clearly showing it was no fluke the shortened-season SB win, that we were, in fact, the best team.

Or something like that.

Point Packer's picture

A shorter season evens the playing field in a league where on any given Sunday the bottom of the barrel can get lucky and pull down one of the big boys. This scenario then favors the Vikings and thus, I oppose.

WoodyG's picture

Make that a 'sloppy' 8-game season ..... Not only would the season be short but the quality of play would have to suffer ....

If they can't play at least a 12-game season, to hell with it ..... Cancel the whole year ....

Majik Man's picture

Agreed. 8 games to me sounds only like a chance to get SOME money out of it, while making the "champion" a joke. Another asterix discussion, then? If they're hurting fans and players with their not agreeing how to split their money, they shouldn't get ANY this year. This is so disappointing. We give them their money, and we're taking the backseat in the negotiations.

bryce's picture

The Packers have a shot at another championship this year. If the NFL and the NFLPA mess that up for the fans, I'll be upset and jaded.

Bennett GB's picture

If there's no season we get to keep the trophy, right? :)

jaydubya's picture

Yes, but it will be moved to my rec room.

Irish Cheesehaed's picture

If they can't play a full season, just cancel it. 8 games? Seriously?

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