Don’t Look Now: The NFL Lockout Could Almost Be Over.

~  The longest labor dispute in NFL history may finally be reaching it’s conclusion. Reports have been growing in numbers that the lockout that is over 125 days and counting may soon be over. It’s safe to start talking about football again, here is what we now know….

 According to ESPN, the Owners and Players are working are working very hard towards reaching a deal that could eventually be voted on by the players on Wednesday July 20th, 2011 and then voted on by the owners on Thursday July 21st, 2011. If all lights are green, an announcement that the lockout is over could be made by Friday July 22nd, 2011.

 These are of course projected dates and bumps in the road can still come about that may push things back. The players (NFLPA) still have to reform their union that they took apart at the start of the lockout, if the sides want to bargain collectively.

 The deal that is reportedly on the table would assure the players of 46% – 48% of the leagues total revenues, which now exceed $9 billion per year. This of course was the main reason that led to the lockout. The deal would be a 10-year agreement.

 One potential major bump along the way is the pending lawsuit that the players have against the owners. Peyton Manning and Drew Brees are big name plaintiffs in that lawsuit. Will they want compensation in return for dropping the lawsuit and help clear the path towards ending the lockout? That remains to be seen. Compensation could reportedly come in the form of a lifetime exemption from a franchise-player tag. That’s a pretty heavy form of compensation to put on the table.

 What matters most right now is that a deal is close to becoming a reality for the players, owners, and the fans.

 The NFL does not want to risk losing more money (revenue) heading into their pre-season schedule. It’s important to keep in mind as well that the regular season starts September 11th which will mark 10 years since the tragic events of 9/11. It’s logical to think the league would want to play their games on that day for the fans instead of dealing with any backlash over them still trying reach a deal over money.

 So the question that is asked every year around this time looks like its safe  …

 Are You Ready For Some Football??? … Stay Tuned!

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4 Responses to Don’t Look Now: The NFL Lockout Could Almost Be Over.

  1. patton26 says:

    Another thing you have to include is that Logan Mankins and Vincent Jackson are asking for $10 million because of lost wages and/or unrestricted free agency.

    • I definitely saw that, may actually do a seperate piece about that. It’s going to be interesting to see what is going to be the compromise the players come away with on the antitrust lawsuit to help clear the way to ending the lockout. I can’t see them getting in the way of this deal going through for the league.

  2. patton26 says:

    I can’t see them holding up the whole deal, but it could be a problem though.

  3. Chris Ross says:

    About damn time. Really excited for some football. Now if only the NBA could work something out we would be golden.

    Really good post btw man.

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