The end the NFL Lockout is in sight. NFL owners voted to approve the proposed labor deal with the NFL Players Association on Thursday. Now it's up to the players. NFL players are scheduled to vote on the proposed deal Thursday night.
NFLPA sources say NFL lawyers at one point were pushing for the condition the lockout remain in effect until players recertify as a union. Here's a situation where there was too much lawyer blood in the room. Roger Goodell and NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith (also a lawyer) spoke directly about in event the players approve the agreement later Thursday, the lockout could be immediately lifted if the players also agree to re-certify as a union.
The roughly 1,900 NFL Players then would have to acquire enough signatures to begin recertification as a labor union, which would essentially convert the proposed deal to become a collective bargaining agreement.
There is a legitimate concern many players would not approve of union recertification, although it may not be enough to hold back approving the NFL owners proposal.
This evening NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the cancellation of the Hall of Fame Game, which originally was to be played between the Bears and the St. Louis Rams.
Exavier B. Pope, Esq. is an entertainment and sports attorney and legal blogger for Chicago Now. All opinions expressed are those solely of Mr. Pope.
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