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.
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.
Millionaire players will still get their millions, though Cam Newton and other rookies will take a haircut in their contracts. There’s an attractive injury protection clause and the prospect of guaranteed medical coverage for life.
So ragged that the league and its 32 teams are considering ways to placate fans once a labor agreement is completed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith will conduct NFL labor talks later this week after letting the lawyers handle the all-important paperwork for two days.
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