NFL commissioner Roger Goodell spoke to the media today, on the last day of the fall owners meeting, and he started by addressing the situation in Oakland. He said he’d love to have the Raiders stay. They’ve been mulling a move to Las Vegas that seems to be getting closer all the time. Goodell isn’t preventing it, but he may want to keep things how they are.
Goodell went on to talk about the potential need for a developmental league. He said the NFL is considering it. Sports like basketball and hockey already use lower leagues to train their players. Rookies will often work their way up, getting experience and playing time, before making it to the “big leagues”.
The NFL sort of has a free developmental league in the NCAA, but it is different since players are there on a limited basis. In the NHL, for example, some players spend their whole careers making a living in the AHL. College football players can only stay for four years and are paid nothing, though many get a free education.
When asked about the CBA, he said: “We looked at the CBA to see how it is working from all perspectives.”
It is possible that they could renegotiate at some point. However, those who support trying to get a new CBA often feel like Goodell has too much power, so he probably wouldn’t be on board with changing that.
There has been talk of a potential player strike in the future, though there’s nothing concrete yet and many believe a real strike would never happen. After all, with the average career length at around three years, many players would be giving up a third of their total earnings just to strike and help the players being brought in to replace them.