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. r rega

    Owners and players come to terms for the benefit of all including fans.Congress needs to come to terms for the benefit of all Americans.

    July 25, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • HAMMERHEAD

      They did not "come together". They both just got all they could and gave up. The Dems and Repubs will not "come together" either. Theyll just get all they can. Its the American Way!

      July 25, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. You are all tools

    Ok since pro athletes are such a rare wonderful breed that deserves "every penny they get" how much would humanity pay someone who could cure cancer, ms, diabetes, AIDS, parkinson's, or any other disease? Wouldn't that be in much higher demand than some guy making a one handed catch? If a rookie QB can make $50-70 million then we should start paying our scientists and chemists that much by all your "logic".

    July 25, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Brett

      Agree! I think that the Pro Athletes are way overpaid. Your only worth so much!!!

      July 25, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • jen

      Wonderful Idea... I sure hope we have the best and brightest working on these problems. Ending this suffering will not be too soon. Containing runaway medical cost is equally a concern... if we have the treatment, can we afford it?

      July 25, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • you all must be Bengal's fans

      only Bengals fans give up on the worth of the game so easily... comes from constantly getting their butts beat badly

      July 25, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. klownboy

    Celebrate good times, C'MON!!! It's about friggin' time...

    http://www.theklowntimes.net

    July 25, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Brett

    Good!! It's about freaking time. It all has to do with money. See how evil money is!!!

    July 25, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jeff in Illinois

    Still doing stories about whiny millionaires, I see.

    July 25, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. itsjustme

    NJ is stuck paying for a stadium that's been demolished; we were stuck with a replacement for that stadium that nobody needed or wanted. And oh yeah - it's a must that the stadium have "naming rights" - 17MIL a year for some dumb company to have the honor of their name on the building???

    And now these maryanns are whining about bargaining rights....FOOEY....the name of the game is GREED, not football. Take away the union, bust up their "collective bargaining." Did your friend, neighbor, relative or YOU, if you lost your job, have any bargaining rights? NOPE!

    The name of the game is GREED.

    July 25, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. dominick booth

    I have read every single comment on the forum, I only have one statement. To all the people who think NFL players are so special and have a demand and talent that is rare to duplicate just think about this......with 8 years of training you can take a average guy off the street and turn him into a average CB or WR in the NFL maybe even above average! I guarantee you if you take the same 8 years you CAN NOT take the average guy on the street and turn him into a lawyer or nerosurgeon! Society is backwards and ignorant just like the person who decides to buy a benz but lives in a one bedroom apartment?? NFL players are not in demand, if someone gets hurt or cut there are 10's of thousands ready to take that spot.....

    July 25, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • AK1

      Umm, why do you all complain about the players wanting their fair share? Does no one see that the owners are the greedy ones here? Another thing: you can't just take an average person off the street and make them into an NFL caliber athlete. If that were the case then what about the hundreds of college football players who have trained all their lives who don't make it to the NFL. you're an idiot

      July 25, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. dan in AZ

    Amazing the price we pay for a childs game. Lets stop the game playing and get down to what really matters. These players are lucky they aren't dealing with the jobless situation and the owners are just as greedy as the rest of the top 1% of Americans. Pitiful and pointless.

    July 25, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. G.W. Bush

    It's a shame whiny azz liberalism doesn't attract as many fans. Most of you pinkos would be filfty rich like me.

    July 25, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. G.W. Bush

    Haters, go hug the algae blooms in the Yellow..er green sea. Probably watch cricket, don't ya'?

    July 25, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Name*adam

    I dont care about NFL,open air ufc,lets talk about jobs and the economy

    July 25, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big Game James

      see the white letters in the red banner across the top of page at CNN.com? There is one that says "Politics" and there is one that says "Money." Click on 'em! Amazing!!

      July 25, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. GD

    Who in the hell cares?
    I'm with Name*Adam...let's talk about the jobs we were promised???

    July 25, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Independent

      @GD: You were lied to like everyone else. The jobs were sent overseas over the past 12 years. They are not coming back as long as the 2 party system is ran by corporate america. Welcome to the Muppet Show.

      July 25, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Big Game James

    Don't you just hate it when people take the time to say "why is this news" when CNN clearly describes all their branches of media. If it is not important to you don't take the time read it and then comment on it. I am ready for some football. And everybody who posted about politics and the debt crisis I bet got picked last at recess!!

    July 25, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      Lol big game james. The road to the superbowl goes through Foxboro again this year 😉

      July 25, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Buff Brain

      I'd challenge you to show us a picture of yourself, followed by some weight lifting exercises so we can compare how big and manly we are, but I'd rather make some money, get an education, and nail girls you could only dream of. I wont challenge you, because you probably wouldn't play fair and therefore it's not a true test. Have fun getting semi chub over TO and Ochocinco.. Or are you more of a Jay Cutler kinda guy? No? Oh you're a chubby chaser.. You must like Albert Farnsworth or Shawn Rogers perhaps?

      July 25, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Buff Brain

      Typo.. Haynesworth

      July 25, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. alcoholic

    WHY IS THIS NEWS!

    July 25, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @alcoholic: Umm.. Because there was a labor dispute and lockout, and many Americans love professional football. Headline seems pretty clear.. WHY DID YOU READ IT?

      July 25, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. parlayinit

    Ahhhh. Another banner tax free income for me. Yes I win big and no the owners should not share. Players negotiate a huge salary that already reflects their added value to a team. Attention players, its called business ownership and capitalism in a free-market that you are working for. Get your own team or business(and smarts) if you disagree. Effen unions were created by the weak and lazy that have no ambition. AkA democrates, Liberals, Roinhood and any freeloading welfare foodstamp leach.

    July 25, 2011 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
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