Major developments have occurred today regarding the NFL lockout, as the Rookie Wage System, which was a major issue in the labor talks, has been agreed upon. A source close to the labor negotiations reported that with the rookie wage issue out of the way a new collective bargaining agreement should be settled soon. NFL teams are hoping to start training camp by the end of next week.
There are still minor details to be discussed in the negotiations though none are considered to be major. Among them still remaining are the workman’s compensation issue, the right of first refusal on this year’s free agent class issue, a settlement on the television damages and the Brady antitrust plaintiff cases and issues relating to commercial sponsorships. However, If not handled correctly these minor issues could escalate, derailing any plans of having a new bargaining agreement by the scheduled July 21 date.
It certainly is good news for the NFL and for fans around the world that there are significant signs of progress in the labor negotiations. At least at the moment, the possibility of the bargaining agreement issue being resolved and finally getting back to football by the end of next week looks promising.
Labor talks will continue on through late Thursday night and will follow the same pattern Friday and through the weekend. Among those in attendance Thursday were the Dallas Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones, players Jeff Saturday from the Indianapolis Colts and New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora.
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