According to Pro Football Talk, Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith are on the phone closing deals off. Here’s an excerpt:
The reason for the wait? ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that NFLPA* Chief DeMaurice Smith and Roger Goodell are on the horn trying to come up with a way to lift the lockout if both sides approve a deal Thursday night.
It’s anticipated that both the owners and players will approve a deal when they get a chance to vote. But that doesn’t completely ensure the lockout will be lifted.
The hanging question seems to be how the two sides will handle the issue of recertification by the former player’s union. The players reportedly want to do it at training camp or by mail. The owners sound uncomfortable lifting the lockout before the union recertifying.
It’s close. It sounds to me that the deal was already accepted and everyone was voted to silence and secrecy on the matter until two issues get resolved: Recertification of the players union, and detailed instructions on how the Lockout officially ends.
I expect that we will hear both of these coupled together in a news break. The CBA announcement quickly followed by an update that the players will report to the facilities either Friday or Saturday. You better hurry to your local gas stations….they’re about to run out of beer.
Everyone who is in the know and posting on twitter seems to believe that the CBA will be ratified tonight in Atlanta and a contingent of this CBA actually becoming ratified will be that the NFLPA (players association) will have a certain number of days (less than a week) to become a players association again. If they do not, the CBA will not get ratified. Sounds like it’s all on DeMaurice Smith, now.
The NFL Tams have voted a 31-0 vote to ratify the end of the Lockout. The NFL League Year should begin Wednesday. Unfortunately, the Hall of Fame Game has been canceled.–per NFL Network