Pretty frank talk from Gene Upshaw in a Washington Post article today
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The NFL is headed toward a labor showdown by the end of this week barring an unlikely last-minute breakthrough in negotiations, Players Association Executive Director Gene Upshaw said, signaling that the labor peace that for 13 years has been a key reason for the league's success is on the verge of dissipating.
A written message sent Friday from a union attorney to NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue said it "seems doubtful" that team owners and players will be able to settle on an extension of their collective bargaining agreement beyond next season. Upshaw, who has worked closely with Tagliabue for years to avoid the sort of labor strife that has affected other professional sports leagues, said in a telephone interview that the union now is ready for a fight............ cut, clink on link for rest of article
Part of it is obviously a little gamesmanship from Upshaw. But the "gang of 9" suing the rest of the owners rumor is very troubling, which could lead to long term labor instability in the NFL