NFL Owners Officially Vote To End The Lockout! Will Players Agree?
NFL owners have approved a 10-year revenue-sharing agreement with players, Commissioner Roger Goodell announced Thursday evening.
“We will be prepared to open training facilities Saturday,” Goodell said Thursday. “It is time to get back to football. That is what everyone here wants to do.”
The August 7 preseason Pro Football Hall of Fame Game between the Chicago Bears and St. Louis Rams has been canceled due to time constraints, he said. The regular season is supposed to open on September 8.
The league’s 32 owners, who were meeting in Atlanta, agreed to end the current lockout in a 31-0 vote.
Player representatives scheduled an 8 p.m. conference call in which they are expected to discuss recertifying their union, said Coy Wire of the Atlanta Falcons.
“I do feel good” about the prospects, Wire told CNN.
The league’s owners imposed the lockout on March 11, suspending the then-labor deal in hopes of creating a new financial structure.
Players dissolved their union at that time. Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, and seven others filed an antitrust lawsuit against the league on behalf of other current and eligible NFL players. A judge in early April joined that action with another filed by retired players.
The litigation apparently has been resolved, clearing the way for the agreement to be reviewed by the players, the NFL said in a statement Thursday evening.
An agreement takes both parties voting to end the lockout. It was rumored last night that the owners slipped some last minute details into the ‘agreement’ that infuriated the players. This prevented a player vote last night. Who knows if this is media speculation or truth. Regardless the sooner this lockout is ended the sooner free agency can start! SKOL VIKES!