NFL.com is reporting that the 32 player representatives voted unanimously this afternoon to approve the deal agreed to early this morning.
The articlel reports:
“Meanwhile, the sides have agreed to a timeline that would allow some transactions and league business to begin Tuesday, sources with direct knowledge of the situation told NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora.”
I don’t know much about what goes on behind the scenes in the National Football League, but I love to watch football. This is the year I hope to see my team in the Super Bowl for the first time since the 1960’s!
The article also reports that there are still some loose ends to be worked out:
“Now that the 32 team representatives approve a deal, the total NFLPA membership would need to vote, with a simple majority required for passage.
“The 10 named plaintiffs in the players’ lawsuit against the league — including Tom Brady, Payton Manning and Drew Brees– must officially inform the court in Minneapolis of their approval of the pact, too.
“Even after that, while training camps would be opened, a true collective bargaining can’t be agreed upon until the NFLPA re-establishes itself as a union. Players will need to vote to do so even as the sides put the finishing touches on a deal; only after the NFLPA is again a union can it negotiate such items as the league’s personal conduct policy and drug testing.”
I think this is good news. Let the games begin!