Why NFL owners are eager to redraft CBA

Updated: January 28, 2010, 6:23 PM ET
By Adam Schefter

Adam Schefter answers readers' questions nearly every day in his blog. On Thursday, he's fielding big-picture questions about the NFL at the league level. Got a question for Adam? Submit it right here.

Q: I consider myself very knowledgeable about the NFL but the one thing I can not wrap my finger around is that of the owners wanting to get rid of the current CBA and start over. Isn't this the one sport with non-guaranteed deals? Isn't there a salary cap? Isn't the NFL the best, most-watched sport out there right now? What are these billionaires complaining about? Is it really in their best interest to lock out the players and the fans for the 2011 season? I know the sport will probably come back just as strong, but it just does not make sense to me. The Washington Redskins signed Albert Haynesworth to a "$100-million" deal with $40 million guaranteed, so they are only on the hook for that guaranteed money plus a little more, whereas the San Francisco Giants signed Barry Zito to a $126 million guaranteed deal and must pay every penny. Can you explain to me why the owners are so eager to get rid of the current CBA?

-- Matt (Philadelphia)