31 of the 32 NFL team owners have approved a proposed CBA on Thursday night to end the lockout. The Oakland Raiders were the only team to abstain citing irreparable issues of a football and economic nature. In essence the NFL owners voted to approve their own deal and now we must wait on the players to agree. The owners require the players to recertify their union, provide proof, and vote to ratify the new agreement by Tuesday. The players would then have three days to make any changes to the CBA which would then have to be reapproved by the owners. If the owners don’t agree to the proposed changes then the CBA would remain unchanged for ten years, and everything would be final by July 30.
Highlights Of Proposed CBA
Details of the proposed collective bargaining agreement that would need to be ratified by NFL players:
• Ten-year deal, through the 2020 season
• New league year would begin on Wednesday
• Players receive 48 percent of revenue in first portion of deal
• $120 million salary cap; team minimum 89 percent ($106.8M) as long as league spends 99 percent ($3.8B)
• Veterans earn free agency after fourth season
• Four-year rookie contracts, with team option for fifth year
• Lower rookie salaries, with cap on team spending for rookies
• Later training camps, no more full-contact, two-a-day practices
• Offseason team activities (OTAs) reduced from 14 to nine
(provided by espn.com)
The NFL Players Association urges everyone to be aware that this is still NOT over. The problem is the new CBA is a 10-year long agreement with NO opt-out clause. The players feel pressure to approve the agreement since they now look like the bad guys in holding up the NFL season. The players also say they don’t even have the physical agreement in their hands yet to look it over. There is also the fact that the owners have agreed to certain issues that haven’t been discussed with the players yet. The players take their recertification as a union very seriously and it must be agreed upon by all 1,900 players.
Team training facilities are set to open on Aug 1st but the Hall of Fame game scheduled for Aug 7th has been cancelled in order to keep all the teams equal.
I want to see football return just as much as everyone else but I say the players should indeed take their time going over the proposed CBA. It is a TEN YEAR deal that they can never opt out of. These issues concern their money, health, testing, training procedures, retirement plans etc. none of which should be taken lightly.