Without labor progress, NFL cancels owners meeting

Updated: September 1, 2005, 5:31 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

Citing a lack of progress in discussions aimed at an extension of the league's collective bargaining agreement, the NFL has canceled an owners meeting scheduled for Sept. 13-14 in Atlanta.

League vice president of public relations Greg Aiello confirmed the cancellation, which was first reported by Bloomberg News.

The meeting was to have been the third in a series of sessions called for by commissioner Paul Tagliabue as the NFL wrestles with two critical issues: the extension of the labor pact with players and revenue sharing among owners. The NFL has tentatively scheduled a meeting for Oct. 6 in Detroit.

ESPN.com reported last week in its "Tip Sheet" column that several owners, sensing a lack of momentum on the two issues, had suggested that Tagliabue cancel last month's meeting in Chicago. That two-day meeting took place, but there was little progress.

Without a CBA extension, owners face the prospect of a so-called "uncapped year" for the 2007 season. The other matter of concern is the increasing disparity between the revenues generated by some teams at the top and bottom of league finances.

Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com. To check out Len's chat archive, click here Insider.

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