Two full NFL seasons have passed — and another is about to begin — without a final agreement on HGH since the August 2011 labor deal paved the way for testing.
It was a controversial year for the NFL, but nothing is stopping the popularity of America’s most watched game.
Less than 18 months after the league and players ended a lockout, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith and union president Domonique Foxworth used a Super Bowl news conference to lay out a series of complaints about safety issues on Thursday.
While the two sides are far apart on many key issues, they were able to set up an agreement on the issue of backup officials, according to Albert Breer of NFL.com.
With players still seething, fans pondering the possibility of turning off their TVs and even the President weighing in, it’s official: Overnight, the NFL’s replacement refs went from minor nuisance to staggering problem.
The NFL said after a meeting with the players union that testing for human growth hormone will begin shortly, but the union is less committal.
The NFL lockout is history and the league’s free-agent frenzy is — well, it’s frenzied. But there’s still plenty of work ahead for NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith.
NFL owners and players were all smiles after agreeing on a new labor deal. And why not? Both sides were feeling like winners.
The NFL Players Association executive board and 32 team reps have voted unanimously to approve the terms of a deal to the end the lockout.
Though no vote is scheduled on ending the four-month lockout, the players association’s executive committee will meet in Washington on Monday.
NFL owners overwhelmingly approved a deal to end the lockout on Thursday. Only one problem: The players aren’t ready to join them just yet. And it seems a vote before the weekend is unlikely.
NFL owners voted to end the lockout on Thursday, but players have yet to draw a tally on the measure. In fact, they don’t seem happy at all, many taking to Twitter last night to voice their displeasure. It’s not exactly surprising — the dispute dates all the way back to 2008.
NFL owners have voted in favor of a tentative agreement to end the lockout, pending player approval. Thursday’s ratification came after a full day of meetings at an Atlanta-area hotel, where team executives pored over the terms of the deal.
If approved by the players, the NFL’s new collective bargaining agreement would cover the 2011-2020 seasons and the 2021 draft.
Cautioning not to assume the lockout will be over by the weekend, NFL Players Association president Kevin Mawae said his group is “not tied” to a deadline for getting a deal done in the next 24 hours.