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CBA talks winding down but delayed camps possible

Posted on: July 16, 2011 6:49 pm
The collective bargaining agreement negotiations, as I've previously reported, are heading towards the end. But we're still at least a week away from football being back. Maybe more.

One player source familiar with the discussions says there are still points that need to be resolved including two big ones: workman's compensation rules and issues relating to benefits particularly from monies lost last season.

I'm told it's likely there will be delayed training camp openings.

These issues aren't deal breakers but they are important ones that need to be resolved.

This is how the new timeline looks.

If a deal was consumated on Monday or Tuesday, the earliest the players would vote to ratify it would be Friday, I'm told. And that's likely optimistic.

The players would almost certainly vote to ratify it but voting to ratify would take a few days, at least.

Then teams would need time to digest new free agency rules and be allowed some three days to sign own players. That would be followed by abbreviated free agency.

Training camps, as of right now, would have delayed openings, maybe by as much as a week, but likely a little less.

The good news is there's going to be a season.

The bad news is we're going to have to wait just a little longer to see it.
Category: NFL
Tags: Lockout
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Since: Feb 6, 2007
Posted on: July 17, 2011 3:10 pm

CBA talks winding down but delayed camps possible

I have totally ignored football since the lockout began until yesterday when I received an email form the Jaguars saying my season tickets are in the mail. It has been a very pleasant baseball summer too. Someone let me know when it officially ends so i can start paying attention to these goof balls again.

Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: July 17, 2011 1:00 pm

CBA talks winding down but delayed camps possible

This report is way off. The players will vote on the deal on Wed, the owners on Thursday. If approved by both parties the lockout will be lifted on Fri the 22nd. This is when teams can resign their current players before they hit free agency. Then on Monday the 25th at 12:01 EST free agency begins!! Also the only teams that may not open training camp on time is the Bears and Rams, but they will report on the 25th only 2 days later than was planned. Football is offically here starting on Friday!!!!!!!!

Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: July 17, 2011 12:39 pm

CBA talks winding down but delayed camps possible

God-Hell is making a $1 and is still over paid!!! Fire him!!! Written: January 26, 2011 5:17 pm: God-Hell is shutting his own coffin. I as a Steeler Fan love it! Changing the rules to suspend Big Ben did not endear him to us true Steeler fans. Now he will fumble these negotiations like a Browns running back. Please owners, dump him and his double standards before we lose a second of the 2011 season and he ruins fantasy football for the whole year

Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: July 17, 2011 10:53 am

CBA talks winding down but delayed camps possible

Clearly neither do you. It will absolutely not take three days and likely will not take three hours. The players will all "on their own since there is no union" gather at an appointed time. The players will then vote to recertify the NFLPA either through actual vote or proxy. The player will have already been given a copy if the CBA to read, question, etc., with their lawyers, agents. player rep, etc. After the recertify vote there will be a conference where the highlights and main points of the contract will be explained and any individual questions that were previusly unanswered will be discussed, and then there will be a vote and the contract will be ratified. That day.

The day will be this week some time. The minor points that are left to hammer out will not delay the season or any camps scheduled to start week after next. When the vote is counted, the lockout will be lifted and the players under contract will be allowed back in the facilities. The owners have no intentions of going back before the judge at the end of this week, and the FA and Rookie player not under contract will not stand for a uneccesary delay. The owners will have already voted, by phone or video conference, before the players get it to vote on. The items that have already ben negotiated ahave already been given to the owners so there is no hiccup at the end delaying the vote. 

This is all much ado about nothing and a few guys that have no sources and do no research ever, had to fill some columns in the NFL sections of their sites. Nothing more and nothing less.

If there is any truth to much of what has come out of this the owners are winning big financially, which is all they care about, and the players are winning big under the lazy factor which is what many of them care about. The owners are gettign a bigger percentage than they had before and the players hope to make it up becauyse revenue will go up, so the pie will be bigger. The top rookies are going to get less money, and the owners will have ot have a higher minumum salary to meet so the mid range vets will get a little more spread out among them. The minimum salary was only an issue for a few teams anyway as most were skirting the high limit each season.

There will be less off season mandatory activities which is just stupid. I am salaried and I work all year. They are salaried and should work all year as well. They ar athletes. It's there job to work out, lean playbooks and improve their techniques, as well as whatever appearance and charity works their employer schedules for them. Anything less is being a prima donna and the reason in most cases fans side with owners.   

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: July 17, 2011 7:42 am

CBA talks winding down but delayed camps possible

Clearly gobadger you don't negotiate billion dollar deals very often.

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: July 17, 2011 12:18 am

CBA talks winding down but delayed camps possible

In another word, we don't know until Friday right? That's a very long long long 24 hours Mr.Freeman. But what if there's some glich here and there, that would take another week. So basically, it's still up in the air as to when the lockout is officialy going to end correct? Same old crap just on a different day. I feel like this news has been recycled several times already for the past month.

Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: July 16, 2011 11:28 pm

CBA talks winding down but delayed camps possible

why 3 days to review it?  put it on the internet and let them vote! they should be up to date generally on what's in it and they pay lawyers a ton to review everything.  have a web meeting and vote!

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