Ravens Player Rep Matt Birk Thinks the 2011 Season Will Start on Time

Ravens center and player representative Matt Birk believes the 2011 regular season will start on time, Sid Hartman of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. “I’m sure that will take some time, but … I don’t see there’s any reason why we wouldn’t be playing games in September, starting in September, starting the first week,” said Birk. “The season will start on time, I have to believe.”

Hartman shares Birk’s thoughts on the owner’s latest proposal, an 18-game regular season schedule, and the possibility of the NFL using replacement players if the lockout continues through the summer. “It just comes down to the revenue split,” Birk said. “It doesn’t matter how you slice it, it’s the revenue split between the owners and the players. That’s essentially today and moving forward. The owners say they’re not making enough money, but they’re basically just telling the players to take their word for it. Without any proof, that’s tough to do.”

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