The NFL Is Probably Going To Have A Work Stoppage In 2021

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 18, 2017

There a strong possibility that there will be another National Football League lockout in 2021.

NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith discussed the league's current collective bargaining agreement, which is over in 2021, during an interview with's Albert Breer on Thursday.

"All the mutual benefits that were supposed to happen as a result of the opt-out didn't happen last time", Smith said. "So why would I do that again?"

Many NFL players were not prepared for a lockout in 2011 and the union made some financial concessions in the agreement to get a deal done. Outside of labor discussions, however, the two sides have frequently butted heads over player discipline, with the tension reaching a peak this week over Ezekiel Elliott's domestic violence case. While that lockout cost players their off-season, no games were lost. The NFL has avoided losing any games to work stoppages since 1987, but Smith indicated that the players striking and missing games is possible in 2021.

"I don't know now, but let's look at our history", Smith said. That might not be the case four years from now as Smith said owners colluded to get the deal they wanted in 2011. We do a deal in 2011 with no opt-outs because we like the benefits under the current deal and we didn't want to give the owners an opportunity to opt out and take back the gains that we now have. And all of the bad things that went to the players happened, and none of the bad things that went to owners happened.

Sherman told ESPN: "You're going to have to miss games, you're going to have to lose some money if you're willing to make the point, because that's how Major League Baseball and National Basketball Association got it done". The strike began after Week 2, forced the cancellation of games in Week 3.

But even though 2021 doesn't seem far off now, it'll be here faster than you think.

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