There’s no concrete date for the end of this seemingly interminable lockout, but ESPN might have an idea.
According to a report today from the aforementioned network, many believe that the two sides are aiming to have a deal prepared prior to July 21, at which time owners could vote to pass the newest CBA--ending the lockout, setting training camps and free agency in motion, and causing exalted sighs of relief from football fans across the country.
This is somewhat surprising as the last time the two sides met, last week, the Eighth Circuit court of appeals ruled that the lockout was valid, throwing out Judge Susan Nelson’s prior ruling--which, at face value, was a win for the owners, but actually hurt both sides.
The July 21 meetings will take place in Atlanta. At least 24 of the NFL’s 32 owners must must approve, for a new collective bargaining agreement to be ratified by the league.
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