Ditka: Don't let greed derail NFL

Mike Ditka has a simple message to NFL owners and the players association as the possibility of a lockout looms after the 2010 season: Don't be greedy.

"I hear that [lockout] talk and I just can't believe anybody is that stupid," Ditka said Thursday on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "If the owners or the players are that stupid that they are going to shoot this golden goose ... I mean it's laying golden eggs. It's a multibillion dollar business. It's the most popular sport in this country, don't kill it.

"Don't be greedy. Greed has killed a lot of things in the world. Don't be greedy. There's a way to work out every situation if you're willing to work it out."

The league's collective bargaining agreement expires next March and a work stoppage is possible without a new deal.

"I think right now you have power struggles," Ditka said. "They say, 'Well, we're not going to give in to them,' and 'We're not going to give in to them.' Timeout. Somewhere along the way you come to a happy medium. You get to the middle and there's a little give and take on both sides. For the good of the game ... what happened to that statement? For the good of the game we continue to play, everybody continues to prosper, nobody gets cheated out of anything."