In a report via Adam Schefter of ESPN says new head coaching hires contract language hints at a possible lockout after the NFL/NFLPA’s CBA expires in 2021.
Schefter reports saying,
“One league source told ESPN that he thought both teams and coaches are confident that there will be some type of disruption, and one of the first signs of it is showing up in the language of coaches’ contracts.
[these] contracts negotiated in the past week, teams are addressing how much each coach would make — or lose — in the event of a work stoppage, according to sources.
Teams are trying to protect themselves and save money in the event of missed time, using different percentages for amounts of the football season that could be missed in 2021.“
The NFL is preparing for déjà vu in 2021 after experiencing a lockout in 2011 that nearly crept into the regular season after a battle of TV revenue distribution, salary cap, player safety, and more. Then the year after the league suffered a referee lockout in 2012 that did creep into the regular season. It forced the league to temporarily hire replacement officials, and led to some ill called games. One of the most remembered examples was the Green Bay/Seattle game.
Even though the NFL seems to be bracing for another lockout, it may be more of a precautionary move so teams can protect their revenue if this occurs.
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