Football: NFLPA still hoping for labor deal as clock ticks down

-A A +A

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — NFL teams want to ignore the clock and keep it business at this week’s annual scouting combine.
With the league’s collective bargaining agreement expiring at the end of Thursday and the looming lockout less than a week away, the hype over this year’s top draft prospects has suddenly been overshadowed by talk about contingency plans, mediation and unification.
It’s a whole new universe for the NFL, which hasn’t had a work stoppage since 1987.
“Free agency doesn’t start until the new league year, and if there’s no league year, you can’t sign any free agents,” agent Tom Condon explained Friday.
The warning signs have been all over Indianapolis over the last two days.
On Thursday, league officials met with coaches and general managers to discuss different scenarios and lockout rules.
On Friday, it was DeMaurice Smith’s turn. The NFL Players Association executive director spent two hours meeting with agents and answering questions, left for lunch and then returned for the afternoon session.
Before walking in, he sent a clear message about the players’ desire.
“We want a deal and our hope is it will get done as quickly as possible,” he said.

If you subscribe to the newspaper, you receive FREE access to all the exclusive content of the web site! Simply register to receive uninterrupted access to our award-winning and in-depth local online content!

Renew Current or Past Subscription / Register for Online Subscription

If you currently subscribe or have subscribed in the past to the Los Alamos Monitor, then simply find your account number on your mailing label and enter it below.

Click the question mark below to see where your account ID appears on your mailing label.

Newspaper Acct. ID:
Street Address:
(exactly as it appears on the label)

If you are a subscriber and you do not know your account ID or don't have a copy of your newspaper available that shows the information on the address label you can click continue below to search for your account.

New Subscription/30 Day Free Trial Account

If you are new to the award winning Los Alamos Monitor and wish to get a subscription or simply gain access to our online content then please enter your ZIP code below and continue to setup your account.

ZIP Code:

Create a limited access account.
Register to participate in community forums, post on the community calendar, blog etc. This registration does not give you full access to read our award winning content, etc.

The Los Alamos Monitor | lacirculation@lamonitor.com | 505-662-4185
256 DP Road, Los Alamos, NM 87544
Office Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday