Eight is Enough? That's Backup Plan

The NFL's contingency plan should the lockout drag on and on (and on) is to cut the season in half, according to The Sports Business Journal's Daniel Kaplan.

Despite recent developments in the labor battle that are seen as positive by some, the NFL is planning for a regular season as short as eight games, the Sports Business Journal reported Monday.

The reported plan essentially means that in order to have a 2011 season a new collective bargaining agreement would need to be reached no later than early November.

Under the reported plan, the eight-game season would start in late November and culminate with the Super Bowl in Indianapolis Feb. 12. The NFL has previously cleared the way for the Super Bowl to be played as late as Feb. 12.

The league is looking to give teams five weeks before the season to sign free agents, hold training camps, and possibly play preseason games.

The NFL, in a statement, said, "If and when it becomes clear that we cannot play the schedule as it was announced, we will make the appropriate adjustments with an eye toward minimizing changes."

For more from The SBJ's Daniel Kaplan, whose story was published by The Sporting News, CLICK HERE.

More litigation

NFL owners asked a federal court in Minnesota on Monday to dismiss the players' antitrust lawsuit against the league.

The filing was largely a procedural matter, coming on the same day the league's response to the players' amended complaint was due.

U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson has scheduled a hearing on the motion for Sept. 12, which is four days after the Packers and Saints are scheduled to start the NFL regular season, a factor that could put more pressure on the owners and players to get a deal done outside of the courtroom.

For more from The Associated Press, CLICK HERE.

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