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. Me

    My husband and I love football.... We like opposing teams. Our two teams are facing off and the tickets of that game cost me what I make in a week. I don't feel bad for the players making their millions of dollars each year when it costs me a weeks salary to see them play a GAME. This ordeal has made me lose a lot of respect for the game. I am a massage therapist. I make a commission, and I would never dare ask the company to open their books to justify their commission rates for me. You agree to what you agree to... If you don't like it, quit.

    July 25, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
    • truthteller

      Shut up, you lying hypocrite.

      Besides, the OWNERS said they wanted more money, and opted out of the previous existing agreement, DEMANDED MORE and locked out the players until the players agreed to their demands.

      The players cancelled their union, which allowed them to challenge the owners directly.

      The owners backed off their major demands, and the players made some minor concessions.

      It is not anything like what YOU were talking about

      So what if you are a massage therapist?

      Here's a 'happy ending' for you... GOOD BYE

      🙂

      July 25, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Kevin Lyda

      Just because you don't value your labour and do a bad job negotiating a market rate for it means that the players shouldn't either? Sorry, your inability to seek adequate compensation for the resource you provide does not mean the rest of us must do the same.

      July 25, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      If the reason your employer was so successful was because its patients were specifically seeking YOU out, you'd be a fool to not ask to look at the books and demand a share of the pie.

      July 25, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • James

      I guess you bend over whenever your employer asks you and enjoy it too? They would have loved you during the times of industrial revolution when the idea of a good employer was to require you to get firewood from home in order to heat the work place.

      Why dont you join the tea party and donate whatever you earn in order to give your employers some respite from having to pay those big, bad taxes?

      July 25, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • James

      I agree with "me" I think you hit it right on the head. The players make $350k a year MINIMUM for first year players, really hard to sympathize with people making that much.

      The owners own the team and stand to lose way more than a player does. Just glad we can have 10 more years of labor peace in the NFL.

      July 25, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  2. CHAD

    back to work slackers.... make me some money!!

    July 25, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  3. whatwhatwhatyo

    it was funny watching the fans freak out for the past few months. the sports talk stations, the fans, the tv shows, etc..... all the freaking out for no reason whatsoever. logic would say a deal would be struck. the owners want to make money and a majority of the players need the money to maintain their lifestyle.

    people freak out over sports more than the way our country is being run into a toilet. makes me laugh.

    July 25, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      The country has been going down the toilet for 10 years. Football at least you know what your buying.(smiley face here)

      July 25, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
    • keyman88

      best response I've ever read – priorities in this country have never been worse. I love football, but c'mon – it's a GAME ... there are more important things to be concerned (worried) about these days.

      July 25, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  4. one of many in steeler nation

    get all of this final and play ball! Here we go Steelers, here we go!!!

    July 25, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Yay, I will be happy if the Rams win 6 games,yay..But Tailgating oh yeah...

      July 25, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  5. Scott Poole

    Oh thank god for that – here I was worried we wouldn't have clowns in the colliseums to entertain us while Ceasar and The Senate dismantle Rome

    July 25, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Wilson

      Hahahaha. That is a good one. Very fitting for the times. (This time around, too!)

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

      Careful with those comments or you'll get extra Kool-Aid, lol.

      July 25, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob in Florida

      BEST comment EVER!!

      July 25, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Outstanding comment! Good analogy

      July 25, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  6. Truthplap

    Yeah! All is right with the world, at least in the U.S.A. God help the people of Norway, attacked by another of these psycho, right-wing terrorists.

    July 25, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  7. FauxNews

    Thank God, millionaires will be playing football again.

    July 25, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  8. bezerkur

    revenue from games adds to the economy. jobs and vendors were at risk over this. glad to see it over.

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

      Yeah, you are right. Now the morons can get back to buying overpriced tickets, beer, memorabilia, ect....

      July 25, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  9. KAMEHAMEHA

    Great more rich people complaining about why they shouldn't get 5 million a year but 40 million a year

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

      None of those people were complaining.

      It was the Billionaires who (surprise surprise) wanted MORE.

      July 25, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  10. krehator

    People are lucky the military does not have a union.

    July 25, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • truthteller

      THEY DO.

      It is the states of the Union, the United States of America.

      July 25, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  11. nicholas

    Are you ready for some football? Let's go Buffalo. Yes I'm a Bills fan.

    July 25, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  12. termlimits

    Wow!! With the end of the earth as we know it coming soon, the millionaires and billionaires come to an agreement. Is this football or the debt limit? Who cares, let's have a brewsky!!

    July 25, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  13. Thomas

    Money, Power, and Greed.

    July 25, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  14. jt_flyer

    If its more than minimum wage its too much.

    July 25, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Said the republicans and no bargaining power fooor you!

      July 25, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  15. michaelfury

    http://michaelfury.wordpress.com/2009/10/07/tillman/

    July 25, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Yes it was a sad state of affairs when your own government cannot tell a parent how your son died. There are many others who are looking into how their children died.

      July 25, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
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