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Issue of lockout doesn't bother rookies

Posted on: June 28, 2010 11:00 am
Commissioner Roger Goodell addressed a roomful of draft picks during the annual NFL rookie symposium on Sunday night, and a little surprisingly, the topic of the potential lockout for 2011 never arose.

"I opened it up for questions, and there wasn't a question about that," Goodell told reporters after his presentation, which wasn’t open to the media.

It’s a tad surprising, because all these big names who will sign big-money contracts before heading to training camps next month stand to lose quite a bit if the NFL and the NFL Players Association can’t come to terms on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. Yeah, I can understand why a 22-year-old rookie would be a little intimidated to ask Goodell about a subject that’s a tad touchy, but out of 252 players who are at the symposium this week, you’d think at least one would have cleared his throat to ask about the possibility of losing their livelihood after this season.

As for the potential of labor talks with the NFL Players Association, there’s not much new for Goodell to report.

“There are really no developments of any significance,” Goodell said, as quoted on . “There is talk: we had a meeting just last week. There'll be an agreement at some point. Everyone would like it sooner rather than later, whether it's the players, the owners or the fans. So I think it's important for us all to get down and get more productive dialogue. Sometimes these things don't happen until you get a little closer to the end (of the current collective bargaining agreement, which expires in March of 2011). That's just the reality."

--Josh Katzowitz

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