In an unanimous decision, the NFLPA player representatives voted to approve the bargaining agreement formed late last night, ending the league-wide lockout. The first rounds of training camps will begin on Wednesday.
At long last, it appears that football will return to America's stadiums and televisions.
According to reports released Monday morning, the NFL and the NFLPA have agreed to a new 10-year CBA, approved officially by the owners last Thursday. The NFLPA representatives and players must still approve the deal, but that step seems inevitable at this point.
Should the NFLPA accept the new CBA deal, players will likely be allowed to enter team facilities as early as Tuesday, while training camps for some teams can begin on Wednesday. The remaining camps will likely open on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday.
The free agency market, hampered by the 135-day lockout, will likely begin in force on Friday at 5:00pm. Once players return to team facilities this week, they will need to approve the NFLPA recertification as a union, at which point they can negotiate other labor terms (such as workers compensation).
If all this turns out as planned, the only game to be canceled is the Hall of Fame game, originally scheduled for August 7th.
We're not buying (@ $300+) the Sunday Ticket this year tho - not unless DTV want's to 'give' it to us like they are 'giving' it to new subscribers.
In agreeing Wednesday to reschedule his planned address to a joint session of Congress, President Obama might have placated House Speaker John Boehner at the expense of the nation's football fans.
Boehner, R-Ohio, balked at the president's original request to appear before Congress to discuss the nation's chronic unemployment problem on Wednesday, Sept. 7. That's the same day as a Republican presidential debate in Simi Valley, Calif.
Obama agreed to move his speech to Thursday, Sept. 8, which happens to coincide with the opening game of the NFL regular season, a prime time contest between the New Orleans Saints and the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers from Lambeau Field.
The game will be televised by NBC at 8:30 p.m. ET.
"We’re aware of the situation and are communicating with the NFL," an NBC spokesman told ProFootballTalk.com.
The Associated Press reported that White House officials were working on the precise timing of the speech in hopes of avoiding a conflict.