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.
A group of retired NFL players has filed a complaint against the league and its current players, saying they have been excluded from the negotiation sessions taking place.
Joined by a handful of owners and players, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith resumed talks Thursday aimed at ending the lockout with a new collective bargaining agreement.
Negotiating teams for NFL owners and players are in Minnesota and expected to resume talks aimed at ending a lockout now in its fourth month.
As the two sides in the NFL labor dispute work toward ending the lockout, a small group of players met Monday with their attorneys in Minneapolis. Players were also told in conference calls that there will be more negotiations this week involving Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Conference calls held in the last two days mark the first time in a while players have been briefed on a lockout that is in its fourth month.
Round 4 of the “secret” NFL labor negotiations is over. Round 5 is coming soon — perhaps to a suburban locale near you.