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Could the AFL Players Union Really Go on Strike?

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© The Spokane Shock are scheduled to play Iowa at home on Monday (Photo: FILE / SWX) © The Spokane Shock are scheduled to play Iowa at home on Monday (Photo: FILE / SWX)
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Spokane Shock majority owner Brady Nelson said he is 100 percent certain the show will go on this week despite threats of a strike from the AFL players union.

The AFLPU said on its website it wanted a pay increase for players. The union proposed pay be bumped to $850 per game instead of the current $400. Players also make an additional $50 for each win.

The Orlando Sentinel reported Thursday that negotiations between the union and the league had produced progress, and that the likelihood of a strike "has been reduced". The league supposedly had plans to present the union with a option as early as Friday.

Said Nelson to the Spokesman-review:

"The noise is really only coming from union management," Nelson said.

"It's not coming from the players. This has happened several times and unfortunately it's being put out in the media, but we've dealt with this type of thing previously. We fully expect our players to play."

The AFL's front office issued a statement on Friday, saying:

"The Arena Football League is choosing not to discuss labor matters publicly at this time in the hopes that we can come to an accord with the union. We will continue delivering the same exciting brand of football action that we have for the last 24 seasons and we hope that the union allows the players to do the same."

The first game of the season is Friday night, with Pittsburgh playing Orlando. Spokane opens the season on Monday with a home game against the Iowa Barnstormers – a game shown live on KHQ.

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