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Report: NFL coaches anticipate labor deal in late July

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Clark Judge of CBSSports.com reports that NFL coaches have been put on alert for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement to be reached in mid to late July.

Judge’s report cites two sources. Both of them, however, believe a late-July agreement is most likely.

“As long as we get six weeks to prepare for the season opener, we’ll be fine,” one unnamed NFL coach told Judge. “But I don’t think you’ll see anything happen before the end of July.”

Another source presented two scenarios to Judge. One involved coaches holding roughly five days of conditioning-based workouts before training camp, with free agency occurring during that period.

The other scenario would involve a “looser schedule,” with two weeks prior to training camp allowed for signings and OTA-like gatherings. For this scenario to happen, the source speculated that a new CBA would likely need to be struck by as soon as July 11.

The most recent CBA reports, which point to discord in negotiating issues among owners, would seem to indicate that the first scenario is more likely, with talks continuing deeper into summer.

One of Judge’s sources noted a key factor to consider:

“Coaches and players are concerned about the number of reps and practices. But owners are not.”

Owners, however, are very concerned about preseason games, and are not yet considering eliminating any portion of the exhibition schedule:

“I can’t see it happening,” the source told Judge. “There’s too much money that would be lost by sacrificing games.”

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24 Responses to “Report: NFL coaches anticipate labor deal in late July”
  1. hobartbaker says: Jun 17, 2011 8:58 PM

    One labor negotiation expert felt the lockout should be over in the more northern cities by mid August, but could stretch into September in cities with hotter climates.

  2. 7370355q says: Jun 17, 2011 9:02 PM

    Why should we believe this unnamed coach, when you had a post up earlier in the week about Jim Harbaugh saying that the lockout would be over in early july?

  3. norcalraider510 says: Jun 17, 2011 9:03 PM

    We have to wait at least a month? well that blows, the only sport out there is baseball F’kn BASEBALL

  4. trbowman says: Jun 17, 2011 9:03 PM

    Not good enough.

    Irsay said they shouldn’t let it go on past July 4th.

    He’s right

  5. descendency says: Jun 17, 2011 9:04 PM

    The NFL is the reverse LeBron James. They don’t play the first quarter (of the season).

  6. geniusesq says: Jun 17, 2011 9:07 PM

    Wait. I thought the coaches backed the owners and wanted the lockout to continue?? No?

  7. hawkdawg88 says: Jun 17, 2011 9:08 PM

    The owners should be concerned about the ridiculous prices they charge for exhibition games, which would be made even more ridiculous by the lack of preparation under this scenario. Absolutely obscene.

  8. 7370355q says: Jun 17, 2011 9:13 PM

    The journalists covering this have been contradicting each other time after time, and each one reads the tea leaves differently. Therefore I don’t care what this report says.

  9. saints25 says: Jun 17, 2011 9:14 PM

    Players are concerned now?REALLY? STFU,you walked away from the table in March.but You Bunch of Smartass NFLPA wasnt worried back when you de-certified? I really hope that some of you will not attend the stadiums the 1st month of the season.An watch it from home,I’m going to watch it on TV,But I will NEVER walk back into the superdome to watch an NFL game;I’m tired of this finger pointing BS..Both sides have Screwed the FANS AGAIN!!!! I hope they all LOSE $$$$$$$

  10. jaggedmark says: Jun 17, 2011 9:16 PM

    cba blah blah blah. labor deal blah blah blah. negotiations blah blah blah lockout blah blah blah

  11. saints25 says: Jun 17, 2011 9:17 PM

    i doubt the (source) coach said this at all…………………………………………………………..This site takes shots at the owners every chance they get..
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    One of Judge’s sources noted a key factor to consider:

    “Coaches and players are concerned about the number of reps and practices. But owners are not.”

    Owners, however, are very concerned about preseason games, and are not yet considering eliminating any portion of the exhibition schedule

  12. msclemons67 says: Jun 17, 2011 9:18 PM

    What the heck is that on Belichick’s face? Is that a smile?

    It looks completely wrong whatever it is.

  13. trbowman says: Jun 17, 2011 9:19 PM

    “We have to wait at least a month? well that blows, the only sport out there is baseball F’kn BASEBALL”

    Word. Hate that sport.

    Long wait for football now that hockey and basketball are over.

  14. illwillthemick says: Jun 17, 2011 9:22 PM

    man this is getting soooooo pathetic.. wtf.. get it done tomorrow.. u kno they could.. theres so much greed in this world.. im broke all i want is to watch football and not get paid for it.. is that too much to ask? maybe they need to pay the players min wage and give 99 percent of profits to cancer research and make this world safer.. F the NFL and F the players and fake arse players union whitch isnt a unioun and isnt ish to begin with..

  15. illwillthemick says: Jun 17, 2011 9:25 PM

    theres people out there that work 14 hours a day 5-6 days a week, if these rich a-holes would show half the dedication to thier job then this CBA would of been done in a week.. but naw they like taking days off lol.. wtf for?? get it done.. get it done get it done!!!!

  16. illwillthemick says: Jun 17, 2011 9:27 PM

    get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done get it done

  17. ninernation says: Jun 17, 2011 9:40 PM

    It’ll get done when it gets done. None of the coaches asked have any real idea of when this will end. We know that barring a total collapse, no games will be lost(this includes exhibition). So, keeping that in mind, we really don’t have that much longer to wait…not that big of a deal at this point.

  18. boblavoie says: Jun 17, 2011 10:42 PM

    msclemons67 says:
    What the heck is that on Belichick’s face? Is that a smile?

    It looks completely wrong whatever it is.
    ***********
    Went fishing with Patrick Pass two weeks ago. He tells me Bill is one funny guy when you get to know him. The media protrays him in a different light.

    Don’t know why his picture is posted here as I sincerely doubt he is the ‘unnamed” source.

  19. bubbabart says: Jun 17, 2011 11:26 PM

    MKC of the Plain Dealer is very bullish on this Lockout ending…I’m kinda bullish on Mary Kay.

  20. namedonam says: Jun 18, 2011 12:54 AM

    So how about for the first pre-season game, no one go? Granted, the owners still get paid for the wrongness of charging regular season prices for exhibition games, and the players wouldn’t care, but as a way to show the fans displeasure without missing any real football. Anyone?

  21. descendency says: Jun 18, 2011 1:11 AM

    boblavoie says:
    Jun 17, 2011 10:42 PM

    Don’t know why his picture is posted here as I sincerely doubt he is the ‘unnamed” source.
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    I bet Bill says quite a few things when his name isn’t attached to it. I mean, he knows how to publicly handle the media better than anyone (even if it is boring for fans), but I’d bet he has said a few things “privately”

  22. tommynatorii says: Jun 18, 2011 1:35 AM

    Wheather it starts in July, August, etc. I’m not spending a dime on football this year. I will not attend the one (Usually) game I usually do every year, and I will buy no hats, shirts, jerseys, etc.
    This season I spend no money on the NFL. That’s my protest.

    Maybe the NFL won’t miss my few dollars, but if everyone did this, it would send a message to owners and players alike.

  23. jttorn says: Jun 18, 2011 9:50 AM

    WOW….this is getting old! I wish I liked baseball, basketball or hockey more.

  24. johnsticle says: Jun 18, 2011 10:14 AM

    Tell ya what… you guys knock this out… and I’m gonna just continue watching baseball until you all grow up.

    And when the Twins fail to keep my interest (which rarely ever happens), I’ll just play Madden. See, THIS fan still has football. SUCK IT NFL AND NFLPA!

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