Titans owner Bud Adams guarantees that there will be a 2011 NFL season.
Adams was in Nashville Monday evening to receive a lifetime humanitarian award from the T.J. Martell Foundation. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell also on hand at the Hutton Hotel to present the award to Adams.
"It's going to be a few months here, but we'll be playing this year. I guarantee we'll be playing," Adams said regarding bringing an end to the current lockout situation.
Adams said that despite negotiations being at a standstill for now that the season will be played.
"It's one of those things that they haven't been very (much) wanting to work out a deal with us, but we'll be playing football this year," Adams said. “I'll tell you that for sure."
The next big date on the calendar regarding the current impasse is April 6 when a hearing is set in Minneapolis regarding the lawsuit filed by quarterbacks Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees, as well as six other players regarding the lockout.
Goodell said he and the owners recognize how much the NFL means to fans and that they want to make sure they get everything done correctly in hammering out a new collective bargaining agreement with the players.
Goodell said he has not spoken to NFLPA executive director Demaurice Smith since the lockout ensued on March 11, but said that he would be good with going ahead and purchasing season
tickets, because he too believes there will be a season this fall.
"The reality is you know how important this game is to our fans and to the players and coaches and the clubs, and you want to make sure that you do this right,” Goodell said. “You want to make sure we address the issues that are necessary and to get the right agreement. You want both sides to feel they have an agreement that they can live with."