From Chip Scoggins over at Access Vikings:â†µ
“First of all, the league has never presented a formal proposal for 18 games,” Smith told SI.com. “But more importantly, it’s something that our players don’t want. Eighteen games is not in the best interest of our players’ safety, so we’re not doing it.”â†µ
Scoggins is reporting the news from a report from SI.com’s Jim Trotter about the main issues surrounding the CBA negotiations.â†µ
The two sides face a self-imposed Friday deadline to work out a deal. They have given themselves extensions to avoid the lockout that is looming.