The National Football League Players Association has put its foot down regarding one of Roger Goodell’s pet initiatives, the 18-game NFL schedule. Sports Illustrated’s Jim Trotter reports NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith told a crowd that the union has refused to give on the “enhanced schedule” issue.
Earlier Wednesday it was reported that the two sides had made minor headway, agreeing on a rookie wage scale and so forth. While the amount of money each side wants is still a huge sticking point, the union’s stand on Goodell’s 18-game schedule will be another.
Goodell has made it clear the NFL wants to extend the regular season to 18 games. While it would likely create a lot of revenue to help pay for expensive football stadiums, the players association has argued that it would also lead to far more injuries later in the season.
With the collective bargaining agreement deadline extended to only Friday, it doesn’t look like this thing is going to resolve any time soon.