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. Gung Ho

    Like this wasn't gonna happen. These guys (owners and players) need each other to continue to make their millions. Nothing new here. The NBA will fix their lock-out too. What pro sports needs to do is make it more affordable for the working man to buy tickets and take his family to the games and have a $1.50 hot dog and a $1.00 soft drink.

    July 25, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      You must not have been around for the "USFL" in the 1980's that began as a result of the last NFL lockout... That was a terrible year.

      July 25, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Earnest T Bass

      Attend AAA baseball, High School football then. Look @ all the empty seats at a pro game.

      July 25, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  2. Mike

    Wow, most of you on here sound like a bunch of jealous children. Oh boo hoo I don't make a million dollars a year at my McDonalds job... You also don't get the abuse to your body that these players do. The average NFL player plays for 3-4 years. They deserve every penny of the money they get. What we need to worry about is the money the politicians make. Since they continue to be millionares they will always do what's best for the rich. We need politicians that make 50k a year or whatever the average salary is. Then, maybe they'll start worrying about the middle class since that's what they would be.

    July 25, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Tommy

      So what year are you in Mike?

      July 25, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • ELH

      House and senate member = $174,000/year. Caveat– Boehner = $230,000/year, net worth $6 millon. Reid = $193,000/year, net worth $2.9 to $5.9 million. 2/3 of the senators were millionaires (or multi-millionaires) in 2008. About half of the house members meet that criteria. In addition, the pensions are not unsubstantial.

      There is no way that any of our elected legislative yonks can relate to the average US citizen.

      July 25, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  3. CPW

    Yay. Now get to work.

    July 25, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  4. Cornerman

    Who cares..... I'm glad this BS is finally over and we don't have it taking up room in newspapers and web sites. Rich guys getting richer and spoiled brat players doing the same of the backs of fans. How about all you "terrific" athletes kicking in and having one free admission game this season? Yeah right..... a bunch of greedy pigs.

    July 25, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
    • debbie

      HA! That's funny! And you think they are being greedy? Just wait till you open the gates for free admission and see how many 'fans' come out of the woodwork! Everybody wants something for nothing. I completely agree that nobody in these negotiations gives a damn about the people that have to pay to see them – but your solution is bonkers my friend.

      July 25, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  5. ELH

    Oh, goody–now there will be something for us to watch while the US government goes into default.

    July 25, 2011 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Senate, Congress, out on the field,now, we will now decide which plan we will use.......they already played softball.

      July 25, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Pumbaa

      Maybe these guys could craft a budget for our congress critters. They could even balance our government's budget as the republicans and the Democ-rats can't seem to

      July 25, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      @pumbaa its kind of hard when the re pew blicans hold the purse strings.

      July 25, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  6. Really?

    No debt deal and these guys really think their business wont be doomed in a depressed economy......whatever

    July 25, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
    • JJ

      I think we should boycot the games. I not helping these "F"ing millonaires and billionaires. As the far the debt - the government is here to screw each and every one in the middle class – can you say the new ENDENTURED SERVATUDE!! and it is here to stay.

      July 25, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  7. alphamale

    jeeeeeeez who cares about some dbags fatties running in spandex .. get ur damn economy back ..these pple want millions and some pple cant even pay bills or afford mcdonals ...

    July 25, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  8. climber

    Could care less about the NFL. Millionnaire owners versus millionnaire players, got no use for either group. The lockout has soured me on football.

    July 25, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  9. POD

    Great....let's hope the only people in the stadium will be the billionaire owners watching their millionaire players.....cause they are NOT getting a single dime of my money

    July 25, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • debbie

      Amen to that! And that's the only way they listen. Unfortunately there are more that will go to games at any cost – but eventually we will be victorious!

      July 25, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  10. Greg

    Thank God.

    I was afraid I'b be watching figure skating all season.

    July 25, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  11. IDIOT

    People get paid based on their abilites/skills and how common their respective skills are. Anybody can work at McDonalds, anybody can become a cop, or even a doctor or a lawyer, with the right education/work. How many people can run blazing fast, or block super athletic 340 plb giants of men? Or throw a football 70 yards on a dime? Not many.

    Quit whining.

    July 25, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  12. Scottish Mama

    lol...

    July 25, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  13. Pepita

    Is this really more important than getting the country's budget problems taken care of and being sure benefits get to those that need them? I love football, but really life would go on.

    July 25, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      No, but it is more fun to watch.........

      July 25, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  14. Matt

    Your job is to run around on a playground. STFU and be happy with the millions of dollars you already have.

    July 25, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • TheDucci

      This is a dumba$$ argument. The fact that they are making good money playing a game doesn't mean that they should just accept any term offered to them.

      July 25, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jason

    Send em to DC, so they can show Boehner/Cantor, how real negotiations are successfully completed!

    July 25, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
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