NFL Owners & Players OK Deal On All Points?
Looks like the wait is finally over. Our friend Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting this morning that the owners and players have reached agreement on a new labor deal. There will be an official vote Monday from the Executive Committee but that vote is considered to be a formality.
Clipped from the Adam Schefter article: “The NFL Players Association and the league’s owners have reached agreement on the remaining points needed in their 10-year labor deal, sources from both sides said.
“Despite the fact the new agreement will require a majority vote from the players, that part of the deal between the two sides is considered a formality, according to sources.
“The NFLPA is making plans for a major press conference Monday. But first the player reps’ executive committee is scheduled to fly to Washington, D.C., on Sunday so they can vote Monday.
“Just as the NFL would not have called a vote Thursday in Atlanta without knowing it would pass in the way it did — 31-0 with one abstention — the NFLPA would also not be going forward without that assurance.”
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Finally. This went on about 130 days too long for most of us. Regardless of what’s happened over the last 131 days, this deal looks to be done. It’s very important to note the sources here. Adam Schefter is one of the most respected reporters in the NFL. From the very beginning, Adam has been pessimistic on a quick agreement. He’s been criticized a bit for being the “Debbie Downer” on this issue but the reality is that it looks like he was right about a lot of it. This isn’t some random website owner claiming a deal is done. This is ESPN’s most thoughtful football expert that’s been pessimistic all along saying it’s done.
The next steps will be an official vote from the Executive Committee Monday but as the article says, that looks to be a formality. Then the players will confirm. It looks like players will be back in the building by Wednesday with Free Agency opening Saturday. As Schefter says, “Once the players ratify the deal, training camps and free agency are likely to begin the same day, in what would be the equivalent of merging Thanksgiving and Christmas into one holiday.”
Hang on – This is going to be WILD. And a ton of fun.
Have a great rest of your Sunday. And get ready for some Football.