NFL lockout: Owners plan to vote, players plan to talk
The collective sentiment of NFL owners: Let’s make a deal.
They have convened for a special one-day meeting at an Atlanta airport hotel and intend to vote Thursday on a 10-year labor agreement that will end the four-month lockout and salvage this summer’s training camps and exhibition games. Even if they were asked to stay another day, most owners couldn’t as they will be attending Friday’s funeral of Myra Kraft, wife of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft.
Less certain is what the National Football League Players Assn. will do. The players have given no schedule for when they will vote on a global settlement -– one that resolves both the Tom Brady antitrust suit and theTV revenue/lockout-insurance dispute -– and presumably a second vote on a new collective bargaining agreement.
What’s more, there’s a brewing dispute over how much time is required for the NFLPA to recertify as a union, with the league wanting it to happen right away and players saying it could take two weeks.
For now it feels like another high-stakes game of chicken. Player representatives from all 32 teams are expected to be on a conference call today at 5 p.m. Pacific.
-- Sam Farmer, reporting from Atlanta
Photo: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, left, talks with Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank at Thursday's owners meetings. Credit: Associated Press