Sides Aim To End Lockout This Week

Owners, players are reconvening to work out some final details in a new CBA.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Monday, July 18th, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Categories: Ryan Mink

It’s the start of another week and multiple reports are citing that this is the week the lockout ends.
NFL owners will have a league meeting on Thursday, and the hope, according to both sides of the negotiations, is to have them voting to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement.
“If all goes according to plan, the lockout should be lifted by Friday,” said ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter says both sides would like to get a deal in principle agreed to as early as today.
The economics of the new CBA are reportedly done. As Dallas Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones said, “We’re down to circumcising mosquitos.”
But there are ancillary issues that must be cleared up before both sides can present something to vote on to their respective parties.
Thus, lawyers and staff for the owners arrived in New York Monday morning to continue working.
Meanwhile, NFL Players Association executive committee members, including Ravens cornerback Domonique Foxworth, are gathering in Washington, D.C. and will meet through Tuesday. According to ESPN, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is heading there to tie up loose ends.
Player representatives from all 32 teams have been invited for planned meetings with the executive committee on Wednesday, with the idea that they may be reviewing and signing off on the CBA.
However, reports indicate that the players could break off from their talks in Washington D.C. to convene with U.S. Magistrate Arthur Boylan and owners in New York today or Tuesday.
Lawyers and staff for both sides worked for 7 1/2 hours on Saturday reviewing and drafting new language in the CBA, which by some reports could be good for as many as 10 years.
ESPN is reporting that the top issues remaining are that players want restoration of lost benefits, limited use of the franchise tag, and a global resolution of outlying lawsuits, including the Brady vs. NFL antitrust suit. The players must also decide whether they will re-form as a union.

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