Executive Director of the NFL Players Association DeMaurice Smith said in an interview with Sports Illustrated yesterday that he expects a work stoppage once the collective bargaining agreement expires in 2021. He would also go on to accuse team owners of lying, cheating and colluding during previous negotiations to ensure they got more benefits than those of the players.

Many players have come out over the past year dismayed with their low salary compared to those in the NBA.

The last time there was a work stoppage was six years ago but it did not cost the league any games as the new CBA was agreed upon before the start of the 2011 season. The NFL last cancelled games due to a work stoppage back in 1987. While it is way too soon to know if this work stoppage will lead to games being cancelled it is not out of the question.

Smith said, “We have a new deal where if it doesn’t get fixed, you head into a certain ‘small a’ Armageddon.”

In the past, players have talked about the need to miss games in order to get what they want. Last month Seattle Seahawks star Richard Sherman told ESPN “If we want as the NFL, as a union, to get anything done, players have to be willing to strike.”

While this could all be big talk by the players and the union to make sure they get a more favourable CBA, it is very likely that we will see a shorter NFL season in 2021. So, for the next four seasons you might want to watch as many games as possible before everything stops.