The NFL has gone 20 years without a player strike -- longer than any other major sports league -- and that has paved the way for unparalleled popularity and riches.
But nothing lasts forever.
With labor unrest looming, the league's 32 owners will gather today in Palm Beach, Fla., for the start of their annual meetings. Chief among the concerns is what will happen if, as expected, they decide to opt out of the collective bargaining agreement with the players' union when they get the chance in November.
That could set the stage for a strike or lockout, and the decertification of the NFL Players Assn. At issue, of course, is money -- specifically, how large a slice of the financial pie should go to the players.
"We're in the middle of a great deal of analysis and there will be discussion of the CBA," league spokesman Greg Aiello said.