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. Steve

    How do the owners have to deal with costs of building stadiums? Maryland built them for 0's, the Ravens, and the Redskins. Owners didn't pay for that.

    It's too late for me. Too many months of watching the blood suckers fight over their spoils. Not once taking into account the fans. So long NFL.

    July 25, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Jack


      July 25, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • doppler

      Jack Kent Cooke funded the new Redskins stadium - Maryland taxpayers had much less to do with that one than the two at Camden Yards.

      July 25, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • WoI Admin

      The NFL is legally a non-profit organization if you can believe that. They often get the local tax payers to foot the bill for up to 1/3 of the cost of building those huge stadiums – which sit empty half the year and drain the local economy.

      July 25, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • NFL Crack Dealer

      Liar! Liar! Pants on Fire!

      Come Thanksgiving you'll be sitting there with a plate full of turkey and watching football just like you always do.
      By the time the Superbowl rolls around and if by some miracle your team is in it, you will be throwing a Superbowl party, wearing the team jersey and happily forking over your dough and heart to the NFL.
      We got you for life sucker no matter what we do!! BWAA -HAAA-HAAA-HAAA! (evil laugh that chills your spine with the truth contained in it)

      July 25, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Norm

      Tax payers may foot the bill, but its with the expectation that the stadium will drive economic activity in the area that provides a return on their investment. And it does. Cities want you to drive in, spend your money, and then leave. Just look at the cities that basically beg teams to move to their city.

      July 25, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • dorkus

      as bad as this is, its still football. Maybe I'm just a koolaid drinking lemming, but I cant wait for the season to start. Life is too short to stand on principles...

      July 25, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      They should rename all the stadiums Tampa Tax Payer Stadium, New York Tax Payer Stadium, etc, etc. Its all more currupt politicians and the owners who make large campaign donations.

      July 25, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • itsjustme

      The name of the game is "incentives." Owners haven't paid for stadiums in years - check out the book "The Great American Jobs Scam" - all the details are in there, regarding incentives and stadiums.

      July 25, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. citizen

    Who cares!
    The greed of the union has finally killed my desire for the NFL. When America is struggling thanks to socialistic liberals I will not pay to watch socialistic union millionaires.
    Goodbye NFL.

    July 25, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • David

      Well said Citizen.

      However, watch out, Coach john thinks there big muscles should be enough to pull us back into giving them millions of dollars. maybe we should just look at there muscles, why even play the game?

      July 25, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Deployed Marine

      so true nothing like millionaires complaining about not getting enough money and benefits

      July 25, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      You will be missed............not!

      July 25, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • doppler

      Just need to point out the contradiction in your statement... you're tired of the 'greed,' however, you hold socialistic liberals in contempt... the basic meaning of socialism is opposite of greed (in the most basic form) since it means basically spreading the wealth among all.

      July 25, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • doppler

      Also, keep in mind, the NFL players are in the group of people being protected from the tax increase for people making over 250k - because they create jobs. like Mike Vick. He can employ a lot more people for his various activities with the extra money from the tax cut.

      July 25, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Realistic85

      Yes, it's all that mean old unions fault... It's the liberals fault, it's the Democrats fault that everything is soooo horible. You sound like a 3 year old. Get over it welfare case and get a job. Find something better to do than complain and whine. The rest of us have better things to do.

      July 25, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Derek

      Haha, complaining about liberals and Millionaires. Thats rich!

      July 25, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • NFL Crack Dealer

      Liar! Liar! Pants on fire! (see above)

      July 25, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Joseph

      Republicans sellout America at every turn to be the socialist leaders to the world.

      July 25, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Stephen

      The OP is laughably uninformed. The US is the least socialist country of the devloped world and we are struggling because we have had a policy of cutting taxes for the wealthy for 30 years, which provably does not provide jobs or stability. We were at our best when we DID have a socialist tax policy between the 1940s and 1970s. The current system is not capitalistic, especially when you consider that it's becoming harder and harder for people to even afford an education and to move upward. It resembles more a type of corporate feudalism.

      July 25, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • David


      Talking about uninformed. They could take everything the rich has and still be in debt. You're just trying to place blame away from where the true blame is. This country cannot afford the amount of spending Government is consuming, bottom line. I for one want them to go ahead and hike up taxes on the rich. NOT because I know it will help, because it's the only way for you idiots to learn they don't have enough. Then MAYBE, just maybe, you guys will come to your senses and learn the real reason we are ging bankrupt.

      July 25, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Stephen

      David, developing a fair tax policy is only half of it, you are correct on that. The wars of aggression and occupation as well as our world-wride military presence amount to stratospheric costs. That's where the bulk of the cuts should be placed, and as such we would come in line more or less (although we do not value education as much as I wish we did) with the rest of the developed world and leave these flirtations with Medieval economics far behind.

      July 25, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  3. dude in denver

    I lost interest in pro football when the players became motivated by the money instead of the desire to play a good game.

    July 25, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • David

      Many of us had Dude, many of us.

      July 25, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      I see they have put owner trolls on here...Because owners are not fighting for mo money?

      July 25, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      See ya!

      July 25, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
    • NFL Crack Dealer

      What you really mean is you lost interest when Elway retired and the Broncos stunk. If Tebow lights it up this year you will be slipping away to some seedy bar to secretly cheer on your team.

      July 25, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Stephen

      You mean when the owners decided they wanted to make more and more and more money at the expense of us, the fans.

      July 25, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  4. Deployed Marine

    Nothing like watching millionaires and billionaires calling each other greedy and argueing over money. Maybe they should all take massive paycuts and give that money to the charities and the poor.

    July 25, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      How about to vets?

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

    High school football games are more enjoyable to watch and cost about six bucks.

    July 25, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Deployed Marine

      so true. same with watching college football

      July 25, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  6. Marine5484

    People with a lot of money complaining that they did not get enough money As much as it annoys me at least they still have a deal worked out......unlike our govt.

    July 25, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  7. phyllis

    At least they reached an agreement. Wish the politicians in DC could follow their example and do the same.

    July 25, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  8. NFL is great

    People on this site have the wrong idea or impression of what the NFL is. Its a business and the goal of all involved is to make money. Someone said "I lost interest in pro football when the players became motivated by the money instead of the desire to play a good game." That is the dumbest comment I have ever heard. They play football to get rich. Hence why players leave great teams to join bad teams and make twice as much money. Sure players want to win, but the bottom line is and always will be making money. ITS THE SAME WAY FOR EVERY OTHER AMERICAN! No one here works for free and most of us have quit jobs because we were underpaid, etc. Yes, NFL players make a lot of money but the average NFL player lives nearly a decade or more shorter of a life than other Americans. They picked their price for having a shorter life. I say to Each is own and lets get back to football.

    July 25, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  9. big daddy

    The old redskins owner did build his own stadium and the new owner bought the stadium when he bought them so technically he did pay into teh stadium

    July 25, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  10. Weston Radcliff

    Who cares! If there was a lock-out for the next 50 years nobody cares. A non-story not worthy of the ink wasted to write it. Certainly not worthy of a banner front-page headline. Must be a slow news day.

    July 25, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  11. edvhou812

    Gotta love some of these comments. The NFL has a labor dispute, that only affect the preseason that nobody cares about, and you have people complaining. I wonder how many of these same people would take a pay-cut without fighting.

    July 25, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  12. Bobbler

    It's all gotten pretty ugly, but I doubt it's driven away enough fans to hurt the league. Curious what others think..http://pollbob.com/poll/5905/will-you-watch-more-ncaa-sports-this-year-due-to-the-nfl-labor-dispute

    July 25, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  13. dt74

    I am happy about football this season. However, this year I won't be spending any money on the NFL. I won't be going to any games and I won't be buying any merchandise. If a large number of people decided to do that it would actually teach the league that it should be about what the fans want and not what they want.

    July 25, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  14. wallybob

    They are all Greedy Moron's Hope your Stadiums are empty.

    July 25, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  15. Marge

    Hey lets send the Football debaters to DC. They seem to making more progress than our congress.

    July 25, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • BlameYourself

      The NFL is working faster than the government since they actually have to 'work' for their money and if they're not working, they don't get paid. Unlike Congress and Senate...

      Also, the folks in DC are working with a larger number (trillons – not just a mere billion) and much more at stake so it's taking waay longer than it should to realize you cant spend more than you earn. I would think that this lesson is taught at a very early age in most homes?

      Last thing, football coming back is needed to sooth the angry beast. That's why the government gets involved...they have to distract us from the real issues in DC. It's like the slaughterhouse – stroking the lamb while Farmer Brown cuts its throat.

      July 25, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
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