NFL owners propose new labor deal, players do not vote Thursday
So close, yet (potentially) so far away.
Thursday night the 32 NFL owners approved a proposed 10-year labor deal with the NFL Players Association that would end the 132-day lockout, the longest in the history of the league. However, the uplifting spirit of the breaking news was quickly lost when the players completed their two-hour conference call without voting to ratify the deal.
Owners voted 31-0 to accept the proposed labor agreement, with only the Oakland Raiders abstaining, yet there are still large hurdles that must be cleared to lift the lockout and get the 2011 season underway.
According to the Players Association, there were a handful of aspects that were added on late to the agreement that the players had not agreed to. The players are expected to vote Friday, but according to sources there is still negotiating to do, and the lockout will not be lifted.