Report: NFLPA clears way for a Thursday vote on new CBA
|07.20.11 at 5:36 pm ET|
A new NFL collective bargaining agreement is ready to be sent to the 10 players named on the anti-trust suit against the NFL, paving the way for a vote on Thursday if pending issues are resolved, according to Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated. Trotter reported the news Wednesday afternoon, via his twitter page.
“Player reps have voted to forward settlement agreement to named plaintiffs, pending resolution of some outstanding issues,” Trotter reported. “Class counsel will continue negotiating with NFL attorneys in hopes of resolving the matter by [Thursday], so owners can vote on it. The players’ vote is conditional, meaning they’re prepared to forward the settlement if certain issues can be resolved with the owners. One of the issues presumably is the $320 million the players lost in benefits last season during the uncapped year.”
Trotter also reported late Wednesday afternoon that a conditional player vote did take place Wednesday in Washington.
Tom Brady is named as a lead plaintiff on the suit, along with Peyton Manning and Drew Brees. Logan Mankins and Vincent Jackson are also plaintiffs, both of whom reportedly made demands Tuesday to be granted free agency or receive $10 million before signing off on any settlement.
“We’ve got a lot more work to do, but we’re still hashing it out,” NFLPA rep Tony Richardson told reporters as he left the NFLPA headquarters in Washington.
NFLPA executive committee members from all 32 teams met in Washington Wednesday, ready to review and vote on a full agreement. Meanwhile, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and nine of the 10 members of the owners’ labor committee arrived at a hotel near the Atlanta airport on Wednesday, so they could decide whether to recommend a finalized proposal to all club owners, who are due to be there Thursday.
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