Q: Will the strikers who went back to their teams Thursday get paid?
A: Not regular game checks. If they practice, they will be paid per diem of $700 a week for veterans, $450 for rookies, plus $38 a day meal money.
Q: What happens to the games that were canceled because of the strike? Will they be made up?
A: The league has said all along that the games missed on the third week of the season will not be made up. That could be changed in a back-to-work agreement, but it's unlikely. That would mean a 15-game season.
Q: Will the results of the replacement games count?
A: The league says yes, that it would create ill will not to count them since the games were sold on good faith to both fans and television.
Q: What will happen to replacement players whom coaches want to keep?
A: Rosters will be expanded to 85 Tuesday when the regulars go back on the payrolls; teams may activate as many as 45 for games next weekend. After that, rosters will be reduced, but will remain larger than 49, according to the Management Council.
Q: Who lost money in the strike?
A: The players. Buffalo quarterback Jim Kelly lost the most, more than $200,000 for the first three weeks he missed. The average player who stayed out lost $45,000 and those receiving the minimum salary of $50,000 lost about $10,000.
Q: Did anyone make money?
A: The replacement players, of course, and many teams may have made money because of reduced payrolls, which dropped from an average of almost $900,000 per team each week to about $200,000. The owners lost a still undetermined amount from ticket refunds. They will also probably have to repay the networks a portion of the approximately $200 million they have already received in television payments because of sponsor defections. But while attendance was low, many of the empty seats were no-shows by people who failed to return tickets, meaning those were still paid for.
Q: Since there wasn't a new contract agreement, was the old one extended?
A: No. The two sides couldn't agree on the length of an extension. The union wanted Feb. 1, the day individual contracts expire; the owners want June 16, the day after the deadline for a player whose contract has expired to seek bids from other teams.