NFL football commissioner Roger Goodell, center, announces that NFL owners have agreed to a tentative agreement that would end the lockout pending the players approval. Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, left, and Kansas City Chiefs owner Clark Hunt look on. (Photo: AP Photo/John Bazemore)
NFL owners overwhelmingly approved a new 10-year collective bargaining agreement Thursday. Now, it’s all on the players to vote on the new CBA to end the 132-day lockout.
The 32 players' representatives were expected to vote on the new agreement Thursday as well, but they didn’t get all of the final points of the deal until it was too late to vote that evening. So the belief is the players will vote Friday to either accept or deny the owners’ proposal.
Some believe this may be grandstanding by the players. But there also seems to be some legitimate concerns on the part of the players. They want to be able to opt out of the proposed 10-year agreement after seven years and there are some issues about when the NFLPA should recertify, according to reports.
The owners want the union recertified before they lift the lockout and are suggesting the 1,900 do so by electronic signature. The players believe that the owners should lift the lockout Friday and the players can sign off on the recertification at their respective practice facilities Saturday, sources are telling ESPN.
Whatever the case, both sides need to complete the deal in order to not lose more games in the preseason or perhaps the regular season. The league already announced Thursday that the Aug. 7 Hall of Fame game between the St. Louis Rams and Chicago Bears has been called off because there just isn’t enough time for the two teams to prepare.