Thursday, March 25, 2010

O'Hara Noncommittal

Got Giants NFLPA player rep Shaun O'Hara talking about the glacially slow collective bargaining negotiations and the efforts to avoid a 2011 lockout. He didn't sound overly pessimistic about it, but to say he was optimistic about a satisfactory resolution before the owners take drastic measures would be stretching it.

A lot of speculation as to a bargaining spur has been centered around the owners' plan to discuss extending the just-passed playoff overtime modifications into the regular season. O'Hara said that could well turn into a chip the players will use.

"There's a lot of things we're going to focus on," O'Hara said. "We're always trying to find ways to shorten the game, so that's something we're going to have to, as players, we're going to have to deal with. The good thing is, there's not a lot of overtime games in a season. I think I've had four in my career, so it's not something that's taken place every single week."

He said there hasn't been much movement between owners and players in the last year.

"I can't really say the gap's narrowed," O'Hara said. "The important thing is dialogue, continually trying to find out what is their standpoint. As a player, you try to look at it from their standpoint, and you hope that they're looking at it from our standpoint. We all realize what's made this game as popular as it is now is revenue sharing and things like that."


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