“I do believe there will be a Super Bowl in Indianapolis in 2012.”
Commissioner Roger Goodell sharing those words with media members at Colts training camp today after speaking with the team in a closed door meeting. Players were invited to ask Goodell questions on the hot button issue in the league, the labor agreement. Owners opted out of the NFL collective bargaining agreement and if a deal can’t be reached a work stoppage could lock players out of the 2011 season. Thus postponing or cancelling the city of Indianapolis’ first ever Super Bowl.
“That’s obviously huge for the place that I live in. There is obviously a lot of work that has to be done. I know that the player’s want to get something accomplished. We just have to know what are we compromising what are we really negotiating I don’t think any player really knows,” said the Colts players representative Jeff Saturday.
The NFL is not involved in any negotiation sessions at the moment so there were restrictions on what Goodell could share with the players. He did touch on what the future of the league could look like including an 18-game season, a better plan for retired players, the implementation of HGH testing and a new scale on rookie contracts.
“I made it clear to them my interest is to make sure the game continues to be strong and grow. I have an interest in having a relationship in the collective bargaining agreement so that is good for both parties,” said Goodell.
“We got a lot of issues the 18 game schedule what that does to our body playing those additional two games. Obviously our piece of pie. Seeing what the expenses of the owners are and seeing what is being made,” said Colts Linebacker Gary Brackett.
For now we must wait and see, as the Commissioner said talks have been scheduled to try and get the labor agreement ironed out.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell visits Colts training camp
Colts players asked Commissioner Roger Goodell the tough questions about the NFL labor agreement during his first visit to training camp.
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