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    Default The NFL Lockout is (Virtually) Over

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d..._breaking_news

    Team facilities to open Tuesday, pending vote by players
    NFL.com Wire Reports
    Published: July 25, 2011 at 06:51 a.m. Updated: July 25, 2011 at 07:29 a.m.
    Negotiators for the NFL Players Association and the league finally came to an agreement on the terms of a new labor deal in the wee hours of Monday morning.

    Sources involved in the talks told NFL Network and FoxSports.com's Jay Glazer that an agreement had been reached. The league's 32 player representatives and then all of its players still must vote to approve it, but at this point it appears a formality.

    Sports Illustrated senior writer Peter King said player reps have scheduled a conference call for 11 a.m. ET Monday.

    According to Glazer's sources, under the new terms, team facilities will open as early as Tuesday and training camps will begin Thursday for 10 teams, Friday for another 10 and over the weekend for the remaining 12 teams.

    Barring any unforeseen complications, players will begin arriving at team facilities Tuesday to vote to recertify the NFLPA as a union. Once the players reach a majority, the sides can negotiate terms for the league’s drug programs, player discipline fines, workers comp, and other issues.

    Still unclear is the timeline for free agency. During the lockout, which began on March 12, teams have not negotiated with their draft picks and have not signed undrafted free agents. That is expected to produce an unprecedented period of frenzy once an agreement has been ratified by both sides.

    Earlier Sunday, it was learned that the league no longer needed to worry about placating the named plaintiffs in the Brady antitrust lawsuit. Requests for concessions for numerous players -- including but not limited to San Diego Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson and New England Patriots guard Logan Mankins -- loomed earlier in the week. But Jackson and Mankins dropped their demands for $10 million to settle the suit against the league, leaving fewer obstacles to a new collective bargaining agreement that would end the lockout, which started March 12.


    Owners approved their proposal for a new collective bargaining agreement at their meeting Thursday in Atlanta by a vote of 31-0 (the Oakland Raiders abstained). Owners wanted the NFLPA's 13-member executive committee to vote on that agreement Friday, but the players said they need more information, and took issue with portions of the proposal. That led to a long but productive weekend, with the committee meeting in Washington, D.C., to hash out the deal on their end.

    The major economic framework for the 10-year deal was worked out a week ago. That included how the more than $9 billion in annual league revenues will be divided (about 53 percent to owners and 47 percent to players over the next decade; the old CBA resulted in nearly a 50-50 split); a per-club cap of about $120 million for salary and bonuses in 2011 -- and at least that in 2012 and 2013 -- plus about $22 million in benefits; a salary system to rein in spending on first-round draft picks; and unrestricted free agency for most players after four seasons.

    A solution to the NFL's first work stoppage since 1987 would come too late to save the Hall of Fame game on Aug. 7. It was canceled last Thursday by the league.

    However, no other cancellations would be needed if things are settled this week. The preseason is scheduled to begin Aug. 11 with Seattle at San Diego. Super Bowl champion Green Bay is set to host New Orleans in the regular-season kickoff on Sept. 8.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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    I don't believe it for one second until it's actually 100% complete.
    Stop quoting people I have on ignore!

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    Who else started humming the MNF theme out loud when they read this?

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    Well, at least we won't have BOTH leagues shut down this fall......... *sigh*

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    You can take the (virtually) part out of the title. Voted on, and passed.

    ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?

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    Its like Christmas morning all over again.

    So glad to have football back in my life. Oh how I have missed her.

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    Its like Christmas morning all over again.

    So glad to have football back in my life. Oh how I have missed her.
    Well, it IS the 25th. Christmas in July!

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    I'm happy for you football lovers. I'm just getting more and more bummed out about the NBA.

    At least I can enjoy football and root for the Colts; but it's just not the same as the Pacers.

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    Well I'm glad at least one of the 2 top leagues in modern day America will have its season start on time.

    Still hopeful for the NBA to pull it's **** together and work their asses off before October or at least get a good portion of games in.

    I'm at least happy with this finally coming to a close. Though for Colts fans, I think the end might be near for you guys.
    In 49 states it's just basketball, but this is Indiana!

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    YAY!! This is gonna be the Buccaneers year!!

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    We're baaaaaaack!

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    So excited

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    Pretty cool to hear Jeff Saturday played such a big role in the negotiations, I had no idea

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    Ah, it feels good to have it back! However, I'm still in sports depression mode.

    1. After we sign Peyton, we'll barely have enough money to sign our own awful FA's. Yet alone get some actual help for this team

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    2. I still miss the Pacers
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    YAY!! This is gonna be the Buccaneers year!!
    Nah

    all the way in the NFC South!

    Don't get me wrong the Buccaneers will have a very good season and will give us trouble.

    It's going to be a tough division. Though the Saints might fall back.
    In 49 states it's just basketball, but this is Indiana!

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    SCREW the dirty birds

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    SCREW the dirty birds
    In 49 states it's just basketball, but this is Indiana!

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    Naturally, I HATE them. Not as much without vick, but still. Can't wait til Freeman is considered the NFCS best QB, and TB the best team

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    Naturally, I HATE them. Not as much without vick, but still. Can't wait til Freeman is considered the NFCS best QB, and TB the best team
    I've been a Falcons fan pretty much all my life (though I've lived in Indiana my whole life).

    As a huge dog person, I was beyond pissed with what Michael did and if he was going to go back, I wouldn't be rooting for them anymore and Falcons nation certainly felt the same.

    Before all that, I was a big fan of his, wore his jersey.

    I'm happy with how we've rebuilt with Matt Ryan, one of the most underrated QBs in the NFL and now he's got a great supporting cast now with the addition of Julio Jones.

    I think we're ready to take off.

    Now with the Bucs, I give you guys a great deal of respect. I like Josh Freeman. He's a great QB with a lot of potential.

    I'm looking forward to the / rivalries in the future.
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    Naturally, I HATE them. Not as much without vick, but still. Can't wait til Freeman is considered the NFCS best QB, and TB the best team
    Freeman won't be considered the NFC's best QB while this guy is playing:


    Oh and Aaron Rodgers is decent I guess.

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    Freeman won't be considered the NFC's best QB while this guy is playing:


    Oh and Aaron Rodgers is decent I guess.
    That Brees guy is serviceable.

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    Freeman won't be considered the NFC's best QB while this guy is playing:


    Oh and Aaron Rodgers is decent I guess.
    coming from a Bears fan Aaron Rodgers is the best in the NFC by far. Much better than Mike Vick I would take Matt Ryan over Vick and possibly Brees.

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    coming from a Bears fan Aaron Rodgers is the best in the NFC by far. Much better than Mike Vick I would take Matt Ryan over Vick and possibly Brees.
    While those guys are pretty good, I'm happy with Vick

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    I like Brees, Rodgers, and Ryan more than vick. I share Scot's view on him. I'd rather have Freeman. Homerism? Probably, but Josh is a great leader, player, and person from what I have read. I don't think vick will ever be a guy that gets his team to a Super Bowl anyway. He may be the most exciting, but not the best.

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