Atlanta (AP) The NFL and the Players Association are on the clock.
The League's owners have voted unanimously to shorten their labor agreement, meaning the current contract with the union will end in 2011 instead of 2013.
NFL owners have been concerned that the current deal leans too far toward the players, who now get 60 percent of total team revenues. Owners also cite a decline in profits due to economic conditions.
Gene Upshaw, the executive director of the NFLPA, has been predicting this the last few months and referred to the owners last weekend as “greedy.”
A new deal must be in place by march of 2009 to avoid a 2010 season without a salary cap. However, the NFL says that even without a new agreement there will be no interruption of play for at least the next three seasons.