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Agreement in place; players will vote once document is done | NFL.com

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WASHINGTON –- The lockout could well be in its final hours.

Legal teams for NFL owners and players negotiated through the weekend and deep into Monday morning, wrapping up at 3 a.m. with an agreement on basic terms.

According to multiple sources involved, the deal is not 100 percent done yet, with the final document just completed about two hours prior a scheduled conference call with the 32 team player reps at 11 a.m. ET. Legal teams are proofing and fixing the details. That’s important, because the language of a completed deal is what caused some of the hang-ups that occurred last week.

The goal is for the NFLPA to present the completed document to its 13-man executive committee between 11 a.m. to noon ET on Monday, with a vote to follow. Some members of the executive committee aren’t expected to arrive in D.C. until the 11 o’clock hour. The player rep call will include a briefing of the deal and, in particular, changes since last Wednesday’s meeting.

The player reps would then vote on the deal. After that, the 10 plaintiffs in the Brady et al v. the National Football League et al lawsuit would have to sign off, which is fully expected.

At this point, what remains is “a few small points” in the language, according to a source.

via Agreement in place; players will vote once document is done | NFL.com.

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NFL.com news: Sides ‘down to the details’ in finalizing agreement

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WASHINGTON — The NFL and NFLPA are ‘down to the details’ in finalizing a 10-year agreement to end the four-month-old lockout.

The negotiators started work early Sunday morning after a day of very productive negotiations on Saturday. After some of last week’s turbulence, the NFLPA put its 13-man executive committee and 32 player reps on standby for Monday, depending on the progress made over the weekend. Late Saturday night, after the day’s progress in talks, the trade association put in place plans for the executive committee to travel to Washington, D.C. and meet on Monday.

NFLPA general counsel Richard Berthelsen, associate general counsel Tom DePaso and director of salary cap and agent administration Mark Levin were called in to the trade association’s office on Sunday morning to help with details and to be ready to review the final document when it arrives.

During Monday’s meeting, the executive committee members will look over the potential deal. Assuming the committee recommends approval of the deal, it would be passed on to the 32 player reps for a vote, likely done by conference call. An affirmative vote there would go to the 10 named plaintiffs in Brady v. the NFL for approval.

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NFL.com news: Parties see progress in talks, especially on rookie wage scale

NEW YORK — When NFL owners meet in seven days in Atlanta, the hope is that they will have a completed proposal for a new collective bargaining agreement on which to vote.

There is still plenty of work to be done, and it continued during negotiations Thursday morning. But significant progress was made on the issue of the rookie wage scale, according to a source, and it appears it could be solved soon if the parties can work out a few remaining minor issues.

The owners have made concessions regarding the fifth-year compensation for rookies, sources told NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora, marking the breakthrough in negotiations that had failed to materialize over the last week of meetings in Manhattan.

Sources additionally tell La Canfora that negotiations are scheduled to go past midnight on Thursday. Talks are ongoing, and for now both sides expect to be back at the table on Friday morning. It is unclear at this point if the face-to-face talks would continue into the weekend, with the owners and players yet to decide that part of the schedule.

via NFL.com news: Parties see progress in talks, especially on rookie wage scale.

Latest talks accomplish little, but sides will meet again Monday | NFL.com

NEW YORK — Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said in January that a deadline “has to be real” to create the anxiety needed to push parties to the kind of deal that works for everyone.

And so it is.

NFL players and owners wrapped up a frustrating couple of days in Manhattan with 10 hours of talks Friday that didn’t produce much. In fact, three sources, including figures on each side, said there was little to no progress on the core issues the parties had hoped to break through this week.

via Latest talks accomplish little, but sides will meet again Monday | NFL.com.

NFL.com news: Back at it: NFL owners, players come together for crucial talks

NEW YORK — NFL owners and players wrapped up over 12 hours of negotiations at a Manhattan law firm Thursday, part of a critical set of labor talks, with the possibility of cancelled preseason games becoming more real by the day.

Talks are expected to resume at 9 a.m. ET Friday.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith each arrived Thursday morning with five representatives of their constituency, as has been the case at many of these meetings.

Goodell was accompanied by New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, New York Giants owner John Mara, Pittsburgh Steelers president Art Rooney II and Kansas City Chiefs owner Clark Hunt, while Smith brought NFLPA president Kevin Mawae, former special-teams ace Sean Morey, Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch, Indianapolis Colts center Jeff Saturday and Baltimore Ravens cornerback Domonique Foxworth. U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan also re-joined the talks, but he has a vacation scheduled to begin Saturday.

via NFL.com news: Back at it: NFL owners, players come together for crucial talks.

NFL.com news: Hall of Fame TE Mackey, who led Colts in 1960s, dies at 69

Pro Football Hall of Fame tight end John Mackey, who was a force on the field and become a symbol of difficulties for football players after their careers, has died, it was announced Thursday. He was 69.

Mackey’s combination of size, speed and soft hands made him the NFL’s prototypical tight end in the 1960s, as he formed an explosive combination with Hall of Fame quarterback Johnny Unitas on the Baltimore Colts. Mackey, who was a one-time leader of the NFL Players Association, suffered from dementia in recent years.

“John Mackey has inspired me and will continue to inspire our players and define our institution,” current NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith tweeted Thursday morning. “He will be missed but never forgotten.”

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell issued a statement in which he called Mackey “one of the great leaders in NFL history, on and off the field.”

via NFL.com news: Hall of Fame TE Mackey, who led Colts in 1960s, dies at 69.

Lawyers address details, language issues in labor talks | NFL.com

NEW YORK — The legal teams and staffs for NFL owners and players went through their second consecutive day of meetings in Manhattan, slogging through the details and language of a potential agreement to expedite the process if and when a settlement is reached.

The lawyers worked on language in more than a half-dozen areas Tuesday, then plowed ahead into Wednesday, as part of the normal process of drafting. Among those participating were outside counsel Bob Batterman and senior vice president of law and labor policy Adolpho Birch for the NFL, and NFL Players Association outside counsel Jeffrey Kessler and general counsel Richard Berthelsen for the players.

The “guts” of the major issues in this case, most notably the revenue split, will be handled by owners and players, as well as NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith, who are scheduled to arrive Thursday. U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan, described by one source as a “rock” for the parties in this process, also will re-join talks then.

Last week, the parties closed meetings in Minneapolis having made major progress on the revenue split, and the focus will shift this week to smaller but still significant issues that flow into that larger one.

via Lawyers address details, language issues in labor talks | NFL.com.

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