Every single year, the players of Serie A and La Liga threaten to go on strike. Every single year, a strike is averted at the last minute and the football goes on. As most know, La Liga's players finally decided enough is enough and decided to strike last weekend, causing a set of fixtures to be postponed. It appears that the players of Serie A have taken some inspiration, as they plan to strike if the owners do not sign a new collective bargaining agreement by the weekend. Wednesday, the owners voted against the players' proposed deal 18-2.
Cagliari and Siena were the only two teams that voted to approve the contract proposed by the players. This likely means one of two things. Either those two teams just want it done because they don't want to risk losing matchday revenue, or the owners of big clubs are just being absurdly greedy and unreasonable.
The owners have reportedly offered a counter-proposal with a couple of amendments to the players. This conflict has been ongoing since the last contract between the owners and players expired June 2010. The last time a strike went forward in Serie A and resulted in postponed fixtures was in 1996.