Breaking: Vikings @ Saints for Season Opener

“The Commish”  is hosting a live chat right now over at NFL.com, and one of the revelations that is certainly newsworthy is who was chosen to lead off the 2010 NFL Season. He typed:

Commissioner Roger Goodell, NFL.com

Tim, I’m doing well. I know I will get in trouble from our scheduling makers for releasing this in advance, but the Saints will be hosting the Minnesota Vikings for our Kickoff game. It should be a great celebration in a great city.

The full schedule will be released tonight at 7:00 pm ET on NFL.com and NFL Network.

The Steelers were reportedly the first team that was slated to appear with the defending champion Saints but the rumor is that the Pittsburgh front office objected to an away game to lead off their season.
In any case, Vikings @ Saints will be a great teaser for the Brett Farve “returning or not returning” saga currently in production.
UPDATE: Here’s what was said about the new overtime rule making its way into the regular season:
Nathan, we are discussing the expansion of the new overtime rules into the regular season with our competition committee, players association and partners. I expect we will discuss it at our May meetings and determine whether we would implement it for this coming season. There are a number of factors that we will need to consider, however the change for the postseason was our objective and will be a positive change for this coming season. The fans have raised this as a significant issue and the clubs have responded by making that change.
UPDATE#2:  On a potential holdout with the player’s association and the status of the CBA:

Commissioner Roger Goodell, NFL.com

Matt, there have been no recent developments with respect to our collective bargaining agreement. We are in an uncapped system and there cannot be any work stoppage for the 2010 season. We need to work hard to develop a new agreement with our players that will be fair to the players, clubs and our fans.
The main point of contention is the significant economic changes that have taken place in our industry. We have to adjust the system to today’s economic realities. Moreover, the system is overly complicated. There are many ways we can create a better system, for example with a new rookie pay system that will reward performance on the field not where they are drafted, and overall will result in a win-win-win for players, teams and fans.

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