Collingwood captain Scott says he is willing to sit out the pre-season competition if a deal cannot be reached between the Players Association and the AFL.
The collective bargaining agreement between the league and the AFLPA is so far yet have an outcome, despite long, drawn out negotiations, with the AFL thus far unwilling to grant the players a fixed percentage of the game’s revenue.
“I think it’s something that we’ve got to fight for, and I don’t think the players are going to blink either,” Pendlebury said.
“If the AFL’s not going to blink and the players don’t blink who knows what happens when the ball goes up in that first NAB Cup (JLT Series) game.
“I have no qualms sitting down at the first quarter, not at all.”
Pendlebury said the players are aiming to replicate other big leagues around the world, such as the NBA, which has experienced a player strike before coming to an agreement on wages, but did admit it would not sit well with fans.
“You model yourself off what the best businesses in the world have done, and sporting (leagues),” he said.
“The NBA has had two lockouts and played a 50-game season instead of an 82-game season to prove a point that, as players, we need to be more respected than what they felt they were.
“They (the fans) will be spewing, and rightly so.”