As the Green Bay Packers rode off into the sunset at Super Bowl XLV last February, many football fans ended the season worried that the coming fall would be without pro football. The NFL owners and players have yet to reach a deal on the new collective bargaining agreement, but positive messages have been coming out of both camps in recent days. It has even been reported that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith, and a number of influential owners have been holding secret meetings to work out key CBA issues.
The mad dash for 2011 NFL season tickets is on with the two sides getting closer every day to a deal. With talks heating up as we near training camp, NFL general managers and coaching staffs are ready to spring to action the second an agreement is reached. Fans can expect a free agent bonanza the day the lockout ends with a number of big-name stars available on the open market. Top free agent prizes include: corner back Nnamdi Asomugha, running back DeAngelo Williams, and wide receiver Sidney Rice. However the scramble for players plays out, most fans will be happy just to see football being played once again this year in America.