The NFL wants team executives ready to be schooled in the ins and outs of a new labor contract as early as Thursday. Players are gathering so they’re ready to vote on an agreement in principle. Yes, signs are strong that football’s four-month lockout might almost be over.
Two people familiar with talks to end the NFL lockout tell The AP that if an agreement is ratified by Thursday, team executives will be briefed starting that day on how the deal’s terms affect league business.
It seems an agreement that would end the NFL lockout is getting close. Lawyers for the NFL Players Association and the league are meeting at a Manhattan law firm to try to work out an agreement to end the four-month lockout.
People familiar with negotiations to end the NFL’s four-month-long lockout tell The Associated Press there are still issues that need to be resolved.
Football fans, there’s reason to be optimistic. The end to the NFL’s four-month-long lockout could be near. According to the NFL Network’s Albert Breer, the “economics” are done for a deal between the league and its players, “outside of some ancillary details.”
With time running short to keep the NFL’s preseason completely intact, owners and player representatives are back in force at a Manhattan law firm, trying again to work out a new labor deal.
Calling the players’ offer “fair for both sides,” star quarterbacks Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees — plaintiffs in an antitrust suit against the NFL which also includes the Giants’ Osi Umenyiora — said Wednesday “it is time” to wrap up negotiations on a deal to end the league’s lockout.
Think back four months to that disappointing day in March when the NFL lockout began. The general opinion was the owners and players would reach a new labor agreement long before training camps opened. Oops.
Though various reports on Monday claimed the NFL lockout could end in late July, the league remains in labor limbo, with only the lawyers for both sides meeting.
Lawyers for the two sides in the NFL’s labor dispute are meeting separately Monday before getting together later in the day. Owners and players are set to talk again beginning Tuesday, after two days of long negotiations last week.
A rookie wage scale and free agency for veterans appear to be the biggest stumbling blocks to ending the NFL lockout.
The federal magistrate judge who is mediating the labor dispute between NFL owners and players has scheduled another session for July 19 in Minneapolis.
The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday threw out a judge’s order lifting the NFL lockout, possibly giving the league leverage in talks aimed at reaching a new labor deal.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith have arrived to start a second straight day of negotiations at a law firm in Manhattan.
NFL owners and players may find themselves shifting to hurry-up mode as time gets tight to reach labor peace. Although both sides say progress has been made, the prospect of postponing the opening of training camps grows stronger every day. The Jets have already moved their camp, and the Giants could be next.