Yesterday, after much uncertainty surrounding the NFL labor negotiations, there was a break through. At least that’s what they’re saying. The precedent that has been set over the course of this lockout leaves me a bit skeptical. However, pretty much everyone is reporting the same thing so maybe this time the end is actually close.
Apparently, there are no major details left to be ironed out. Tomorrow, the NFLPA Executive Committee will ratify the agreement, followed by the board of player representatives. Then all the players must vote on the new CBA individually. This could take until Friday. If all goes as scheduled, training camp will start next Saturday. Oh, and so will free agency.
Imagine the chaos that will ensue with training camp and free agency starting on the same day. It will be very bizarre and somewhat overwhelming, but also glorious. The NFL is like a soap opera and we are all extremely addicted. For months, we haven’t been able to watch a single episode, but starting next Saturday they are going to run a two week long, 24/7, NFL marathon and it will all be new programming. It might be more than is realistically safe to handle, but I’m willing to take that risk.
A few more details:
- Players have never voted down a proposal that was recommended by the NFLPA.
- According to numerous reports, there is no way the NFLPA would vote tomorrow if they weren’t certain that the proposed CBA will be ratified.
- Potentially, the three day window for teams to sign their own free agents will begin on Wednesday, but no contracts can be signed until Saturday.
- I’d imagine that tampering rules will be widely disregarded.