"We're not going to miss the season," Gould told the Chicago Tribune on Saturday after leading the Wrigley Field crowd in singing "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" at the Cubs-White Sox game.
"The players want to get a settlement done, but they're not going to take an unfair settlement," Gould told the newspaper.
"And if we miss a season, that's really unfortunate," he said. "I think at the end of the day, when you get a group of people in the rooms working like they're working to get a deal done, a settlement will be reached and we will be playing football. It's just as to what date we're going to be back and when."
Gould isn't concerned about lower quality of play after the lockout.
"I know guys have been working out really hard, getting ready for the season, to earn their spots, to win a Super Bowl and to make a run," Gould said. "I don't think there's going to be anything (where) quality of play is going to go down."