WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - This year's NFL season is in jeopardy if owners and players can not come to a new collective bargaining agreement.
Former Purdue Boilermaker and current New Orleans Saint Drew Brees can not wait to get back on the field, but like the rest of the players in the NFL he has been locked out.
"We have always been optimistic on the player's side that a settlement would get done and we would be back on the field - on time. So let's hope that is the case," Brees said."
If a new collective bargaining agreement is not reached soon, there could be a shortened season with possibly eight regular season games instead of 16. Or, worst case scenario is there could be no season at all.
"I do not even want to think about that happening but you have to hope for the best and prepare for the worst," Brees said.
The President and CEO of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, Jo Wade says not having a season would be devastating.
"It will be a mess," said Wade.
Brees said he is confident a deal will get done and the 2011 season will be played and Indianapolis will host the 2012 Super Bowl in February. Wade said it is like preparing for a natural disaster.
"You can not totally plan for that to happen but you are as prepared as you possibly can be if the worst happens," Wade said.
Wade said Lafayette area hotels have already been booked in preparation for the big game. She, like the players, owners and fans will have to wait - and hope for the best.
To see our complete interview with Drew Brees click on "18 Interviews."
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