Lockout Update

Photo: Sports Illustrated, pictured (L) NFLPA* head DeMaurice Smith and (R) NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

There’s a Lockout update: most outlets are reporting that the Lockout could be in over within the next three weeks, although some warn not to assume that it will be over.

The mixture of articles I’ve read lead me to believe that the court system pushed the next scheduled hearings so far back that it forced the NFL and the NFLPA* into negotiations. Apparently this led to absolutely nothing getting done until someone got the neat idea to kick the lawyers out of the room. I would love to shake that mans hand.

Once the lawyers, save NFLPA* head DeMaurice Smith left the room, the possibility for getting a deal done arrived. A few reports mentioned that both sides were close in the creation of  a”framework” for the deal and that a few things that were still in discussion included the allowing of testing for HGH (human growth hormone)in particular as well as other performance-enhancing drugs. The main trick to the testing resided in who the NFLPA* would allow to do the testing.

Keep in mind that the two main issues within the CBA are: the players getting a higher percentage of all tv contracts, a health insurance policy through the NFL for retired NFL players, and a pay scale for rookies. You have to admit that it’s not healthy to pay a rookie QB who is taken first overall more than Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, or Michael Vick. It’s asinine and I’m glad they’re handling it.

Hopefully this will indeed be over by the first week of July.

One more thing: sources say I’m bored with this.

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