12P: NFLPA Leader Still Believes Lockout Likely In 2011; NCAA looking At Sale Of Green's Georgia Jersey; Shaq Took Less To Play For C's
September 8, 2010 12:00 PM ET
2011 NFL LOCKOUT LOOMING:
Talk about a major buzzkill. On the eve of the 2010 NFL regular season, the head of the players' union reiterated his belief that the league is headed for a lockout in 2011. "I still feel that a lockout is coming in March," NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith told Bloomberg News. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell shares his thoughts on "Hard Knocks." Plus, he updates the status of a possible 18-game schedule and addresses the TV blackout issue. Goodell says teams need to and will create greater value to attract fans to the stadium. The NFL and the NFLPA have several issues to negotiate, including the amount of the league's revenue going to players, an 18-game schedule, expanded drug testing and a rookie wage scale before a new collective bargaining agreement can be reached.
NCAA LOOKING AT SALE OF JERSEY:
Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green is being held out of the No. 19 Bulldogs' games until the NCAA determines whether he broke its rules by selling a game-worn jersey, a person familiar with the investigation told ESPN.com. Georgia officials are hoping the NCAA makes a ruling on Green's eligibility as soon as Wednesday. Green, a junior from Summerville, S.C., did not play in the Bulldogs' 55-7 rout of Louisiana-Lafayette in their opener. His status for Saturday's SEC opener at No. 25 South Carolina (noon ET; ESPN2, ESPN3.com) also remains in question.
SHAQ SAYS HE TOOK LESS MONEY TO PLAY FOR CELTICS:
Shaquille O'Neal said during a recent interview with the New Orleans Times Picayune that he had an opportunity to sign with the Pistons before settling for a contract for the veteran's minimum with the Boston Celtics. Shaq's 2-year deal with the Boston Celtics is worth about $3 million. "I could have gotten $8 million from Atlanta and Detroit, but it wasn't about that," O'Neal told the newspaper. "It was about being somewhere and being seen and winning." O'Neal said the two-year contract he signed with the Celtics -- worth about $3 million -- will be his last.