Arena Football League Threatening Lockout

The Arena Football League will stage a lockout on Sunday if the players and the league cannot come to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement, the Trib reports.

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"There could be a lockout Sunday," Power owner Matt Shaner said. "It would be inaccurate to say there absolutely is going to be one."

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Negotiating sessions are planned for today and Sunday. Seven games scheduled for tonight and Sunday are expected to be played. The Power will play the Milwaukee Mustangs tonight at Consol Energy Center.

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The players and the league have been at odds all season, with the players continually lowering their demands and the owners essentially ignoring them. It now sounds like the two sides are at least reasonably close on an agreement, with the players asking for $875 per game and the owners offering $825, although there are still several big issues left to iron out, including housing issues that could have a dramatic effect on how players are able to spend the money they make. Roster sizes are also an issue, with the players wanting rosters to be bigger and the owners wanting them to be smaller.

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