The big news today is that the Owners and the Players Union are meeting in Washington today and tomorrow to discuss a new CBA. While it is a bit encouraging that they're wasting no time (less than 72 hours after the conclusion of the Super Bowl), there is plenty of ground that needs to be covered, and quickly.
We've all been told to hope for the best, but expect the worst. We know that both sides want there to be a 2011 NFL season, no one wants a lockout, but I'm not holding by breath that anything will be done. If there's a CBA in place by the Draft, I'll be pleasantly surprised.
Anyway, here are today's links:
NFL Owners, Players Meeting To Discuss Labor Issues | SBNation.com
Representatives from the NFL owners and NFL Player's Association will be meeting in Washington on Wednesday and Thursday in an effort to secure a new labor deal before the current one expires on March 4, according to ESPN's Trey Wingo.
NFL, union need to get to work to get to work | SignOnSanDiego.com
A dwindling calendar has ratcheted up urgency, seemingly moving the NFL and its players’ union to negotiate in earnest. And an entire season being lost seems unlikely at this point.
NFL, Cowboys hit with lawsuit over Super Bowl ticket snafu | SI.com
The federal lawsuit filed Tuesday in Dallas alleges breach of contract, fraud and deceptive sales practices.
NFL offseason: What does your team need to become a contender? | FOX Sports
San Diego: An offseason without contract controversy.
AFC West franchise tag game - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Do I think San Diego will put the franchise tag on [Vincent Jackson]?
Al Michaels thinks NFL will indeed return soon to L.A. | ProFootballTalk
During a Tuesday appearance on PFT Live, Michaels spoke optimistically about recent developments in L.A. and the possibility that a new stadium will be built there.
- This Day in Chargers History: Feb. 9 | Chargers Blog
Sprinkles Cupcakes and Antoine Cason Teaming Up For Charity | Bolt Beat
San Diego Chargers CB Antoine Cason will be at Sprinkles Cupcakes shop in La Jolla on March 12 to help serve cupcakes out to the fans. 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the charity of Cason’s choice.
Are penalties a key reason for Raider losses? | Silver And Black Pride
While an effort to reduce penalties is helpful, any undue focus on avoiding mistakes takes the edge off aggressive play. ... A focus on penalties is a distraction from Raider-style ball .. which has always included a lot of penalties.
Chiefs GM Scott Pioli On Future Of Tamba Hali, Dwayne Bowe | Arrowhead Pride
Pioli covered a variety of topics including the future of WR Dwayne Bowe and LB Tamba Hali.