NEW ORLEANS—NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says the league and the players union should do all it can to avoid a potential work stoppage in the spring of 2011. Goodell made the remarks as he stopped in New Orleans Monday afternoon to visit the Saints.
This is the final year of the current collective bargaining agreement. The head of the union, DeMaurice Smith, when asked the chances of a lockout on a scale of 1 to 10, said it was "a 14."
Goodell said he had no update on the Saints "vicodin" case. Saints assistant coach Joe Vitt was in a civil suit, accused of taking vicodin from a team medicine cabinet. The suit also allegedly portrays head coach Sean Payton as a vicodin abuser.
Goodell said the league will continue to pursue its rights in the "Star Caps" case. Several players, including Saints defensive end Will Smith, were issued four games suspensions by the NFL after testing positive for the banned weight loss supplement. But, the suspensions were stayed as Vikings' Pat and Kevin Williams fought their suspensions in a Minnesota state court.
A final ruling may not happen until after this season.