The NFL 2011 season is scheduled to start on Thursday, 8 September 2011. However, it is not certain that the 92nd regular season of the National Football League would begin on that particular day, as the playing of the NFL 2011 season completely depends on the acceptance of a newly framed collective bargaining agreement (CBA) between the league proprietors and the players. The players are now not willing to play for their owners because of the new CBA. If this issue is not solved in time it may lead to a lockout and depending on the extent of this labor dispute, the entire season may be shortened or cancelled.
If everything is sorted out in time, as per the present schedule, released on 12 April 2011, the regular season will start on 8 September 2011 and it will continue till 1 January 2012. In the opening match, The Super Bowl XLV champ Green Bay Packers will play against the New Orleans Saints at Lambeau Field. The playoffs will begin on 7 January 2012 and the date of Super Bowl XLVI is scheduled on 5 February 2012 to be played at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The date for Pro Bowl is 29 January 2012 and the event will be held at Aloha Stadium, Halawa, Honolulu, Hawaii.
However, the smooth beginning of the season 2011/12 can happen if the owners, the franchises and the players arrive at a workable agreement in due course.
Prior to the expiry of the previous CBA on 3 March 2011, league owners and the players decided to extend the discussions by 1 week. But the talks didn’t yield any positive result and the union officially decertified. After that a group of 10 players filed an antitrust complaint against the league.