Tonight’s the night the NFL could lock out its players. The Collective Bargaining Agreement between the league and its Players Association expires at 11:59 p.m. Eastern. At midnight, NFL owners could lock the players out from team facilities, which would start the league’s first work stoppage since 1987.
The sides are at odds over how to divide nine-million dollars in annual revenue, extended benefits for retired players, and expanding the regular season by two games to 18. The NFL and union met over the last two weeks with federal mediators, but were unable to reach an agreement.