July 25th, 2011
02:01 PM ET

NFL players' reps unanimously ratify labor agreement

[Updated at 2:01 p.m.] Members of the NFL Players Association have unanimously ratified their collective bargaining agreement, an association executive confirmed Monday.

[Posted at 8:59 a.m.] The NFL Players Association and the league have reached an agreement on a new labor deal, NFL.com reported Monday.

The deal is not set in stone: the 32 player representatives and all NFL players must approve the new deal. But NFL.com reports "at this point it appears a formality."

Sports Illustrated senior writer Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) reported the representatives will have a conference call at 11 a.m. ET.

Negotiators reached the agreement in the very early hours of Monday morning, the report said. If accepted, the deal would end the lockout that started in March.

Since the lockout, the two sides have faced off in courts and around conference tables. The major issues have revolved around how to divide the billions of dollars of revenue reaped via the league each year, rules of free agency, a possible rookie wage scale, retirement benefits and a host of other matters.

At the heart of the issue between the players and the owners was how to divide the league's $9 billion in revenue.

Under the old agreement, NFL owners took $1 billion off the top of that revenue stream. After that, the players got about 60%. The owners said the old labor deal didn't take into account the rising costs related to building stadiums and promoting the game. The players argued that the league has not sufficiently opened up its books to prove this.

SI.com: With end of NFL lockout at hand, it's time to focus on football again

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  1. Mmmmm

    Awlright! everybody's a billionaire!

    July 25, 2011 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave from GA

      You meant "we" are all billionaire? đŸ™‚

      July 25, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  2. RUFFNUTT

    i was worried...

    July 25, 2011 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  3. Scottish Mama

    I guess the players never found out how much the owners profit was? The first pregame is called off, the owners are pushing the first draft down the throats of the players. I thought one of the player reps said alot of junk favorable was in between the lines, here goes another pregame. Owners I would like my check promptly sent back without a handling fee for sending it back please

    July 25, 2011 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
    • junior

      Please name one company where an unproven employee can go up to the owner and say, show me your books, so I can decide how much you can pay me. Name one.

      July 25, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      The fans build the place they play, does that make me the owners boss?

      July 25, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  4. j

    Good, the millionaires and the billionaires are all happy again. I'd rather attend my kid's pee-wee football game; seems more pure and drama-free compared to this.

    July 25, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Don

      You must be in one of those rare areas where pee-wee football games don't turn into shoutfests at (choose one or more of: the coaches, the officials) by the losing team's parents

      July 25, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  5. Debt crisis

    Who cares about football, it is the debt crisis that needs an agreement.

    July 25, 2011 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave from GA

      Agreed. Unbelievable greedy owners and players wanted more dollars despite the bad US economy.

      July 25, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
    • steeve-o

      The tens of thousands of people that are to be employed in the hotels and restaurants around football stadiums are cheering, as well as the security, custodians, merchandise vendors, ticket booth workers, parking lot owners, training assistants, etc.etc.etc.

      July 25, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  6. Beverly

    who cares? we have much bigger issues than that to worry about!

    July 25, 2011 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
    • WINMAN

      Then why are you taking the time to post a comment? Don't you have more important things to do? đŸ™‚

      July 25, 2011 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  7. WINMAN

    Last week they said the owners agreed. Yeah, to their offer!! lol Until I hear Demaurice say "We have an agreement." I'm not buying it. After all it's NFL.com or is it Goodell.com?

    July 25, 2011 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  8. THEONLYTJW

    Enough already!!!!! Let's play football! Go Cowboys!!!!

    July 25, 2011 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
    • dt74

      You would thinnk that as a Cowboys fan you would hope that the lockout goes on forever.

      July 25, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  9. jimmy

    I'm shocked. The greedy ******** got the deal done prior to either side loosing money, simply shocked.

    July 25, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  10. AdamAdam

    Great! Maybe they can swing by Congress and show them how its done!

    July 25, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      From your lips to the government ears!!!!

      July 25, 2011 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  11. Dave from GA

    Does it mean over 10% increase on ticket prices and less free games on TV for fans?

    July 25, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      I hear that.........

      July 25, 2011 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Don

      Unless you live in the San Francisco area, don't complain about how many "free games for the fans" exist. Besides – it's not as if they're moving the Super Bowl to NFL Network. (Yet.)

      July 25, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  12. S

    I can not believe these Barbarians are allowed to compete again. Punching each other until they have concussions, foul language, and lets not forget when Mike Tyson bit that other guy's ear. What a barbaric sport.

    July 25, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      That's boxing right? I now football players get concussions, but Mike Tyson is boxing.

      July 25, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Yao_mi11

      This is football not boxing 'tardo

      July 25, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
    • S

      Oh Football. The sport where you get concussions, showboaters like Ochocinco and Owens, and people who can't sit idly by without getting arrested just because they have nothing else do to during labor talks. Get rid of these barbarians!

      July 25, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  13. rogo41

    are you ready for some football!!!,a billonaire party

    July 25, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      I was not invited..

      July 25, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  14. FRED

    Most were already over paid and now they get more, most aren;t worth it

    July 25, 2011 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  15. lol

    ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?!

    July 25, 2011 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
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