Deal Reached To End NFL Lockout
After reports that a deal had been reached over the weekend, NFL players and owners agreed to the terms of a deal Monday (July 25), that would officially end the NFL lockout.
Executives for the NFL Players Association are expected to be presented with the owner’s finalized agreement today and players are expected to vote later today, according to sources for the Associated Press.
The lockout began in March when the league’s old labor deal expired and the owners locked out the players, not allowing them on team grounds. After a grueling five months of labor negotiations between owners and player, its looking like the 2011 NFL season will continue on schedule.
“We have every reason to believe it’s going to be a good day,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello wrote in an email to the AP.
If players sign off on the agreement Monday, all rookie and veteran contract negotiations could start by the end of the work week, with all 32 team beginning training camp by Sunday.
This gives team only five weeks to accomplish what they would have in five months during a non lockout year.
Should the players’ executive committee accept the deal, it then would go to the 32 team representatives to approve, with only a simple majority required for passage.
The NFLPA will still need to vote to re-establish itself as a union in order to negotiate such items as drug testing and the league’s conduct policy.