Report: League, players targeting July 21 ratification of deal

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When the NFL and the NFLPA* were last negotiating on Friday, the Eighth Circuit had thrown a gorilla wrench into the process with an unexpected ruling that helps and hurts both sides, causing the talks to bog down and creating a sense of gloom and doom.

And so it’s surprising, to say the least, to see ESPN’s Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter reporting that the parties are now targeting July 21 for the ratification of a new labor deal by the owners.

We reported last week that the owners will be meeting in Atlanta on July 21, at which time they would be gathered in one place and able to vote.  At least 24 of the 32 owners must approve the agreement before it can be effective.

Per Mort and Schefter, a document titled “The Transition Rules” sets forth the time line for the events that will unfold after July 21.

Mort and Schefter aren’t reporting a deal will be finalized.  Instead, they’re saying (and Schefter just said on ESPN2’s Mike & Mike in the Morning) that “many people believe” the deal will be completed in time to be ratified by July 21.

Under the scenario, the only game that possible would be canceled is the annual Hall of Fame game, since the Bears and Rams are due to head to training camp on July 22.  Given that it’s a glorified practice session in which starters make only a cameo appearance and that NBC pays good money for the right to televise it, look for the league to play the game even if the Bears and Rams only a week to prepare for it.

29 responses to “Report: League, players targeting July 21 ratification of deal

  1. I’ll be completely shocked if it happens. I hope it happens, but all of these “dates” to when a deal will be completed, have never materialized.

    The Finger lurks.

  2. I like how reporters are playing the guessing game as to when a deal will be finalized, so they can say…”as we first reported earlier”…they’ve only been doing this for months………

  3. They waited way too long to do this. I would definitely cancel the hall of fame game. You can’t have a week to prepare for a game when you haven’t had any organized practices. Teams better be financially ready to go too. They better know what they are spending already because it’s going to be a mad scramble for free agents and undrafted rookies.

  4. If teams are back by training camp we should be OK. But one week is a little silly, I mean, C’mon Man…. All you are asking for is a really loose scrimage. Yea, and fans are expected to pay to see it. 2 games of the pre-season should be canceled.

  5. When July 21 comes can you post a report saying you and ESPN were wrong? We see this headline each week now.

  6. If it’s true then great news. But I won’t hold my breath, the dates keep changing, first it was July 15th and last week was very important but, as usual, nothing was done. We’re also hearing July 19th and now July 21th. This, along with the progress-no progress news is making it hard for me to believe anything.

  7. “And so it’s surprising, to say the least, to see ESPN’s Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter reporting that the parties are now targeting July 21 for the ratification of a new labor deal by the owners.”

    It’s only surprising to the writer of the post, because he’s been peddling a narrative that the Eighth Circuit’s ruling purportedly caused “the talks to bog down and creating a sense of gloom and doom.”

    Somehow, I missed the corresponding gloom and doom post from the same author when Judge Nelson released her ruling, a ruling that the appellate court found completely ignored federal law. If I recall, the author then was saying that “Judge Nelson has spoken”, and exhorting the league to immediately comply or face being in contempt of court.

    What a pro-player propaganda site this is.

  8. Its to the point to where I dont care anymore. Not on the players sides, not on the owners sides… i dont care about it anymore. They have literally ruined whats supposed to be a GAME and made it into everything else in the world; all about them being filthy rich and about the rest of us having to suffer. Why should we respect any of them anymore? At this point I’d rather watch the XFL (if it still existed), the CFL, the UFL. And DO NOT pay college players with actual money because then…. its all over!

  9. I believe this is the first time we’ve heard that the sides agree on a date to have a deal done by, so that is some progress. That was one thing that I beleive made negotiating difficult in that there was never a consesus deadline between the two sides. Granted, this doesn’t sound like a hard and fast deadline, but at least it’s a date both sides agree on.

  10. If there is a silver lining, it’s that thephantomstranger’s kids don’t have to watch the Vikings practice!

  11. At this point, I think I might be more excited to see just how chaotic free agency is going to be than for the actual season to begin.

  12. Here’s another scenario:

    1.) Cancel all golfing this week for all involved parties.

    2.) Get the deal done ASAP.

  13. THE ONION – NFL Fans have targeted July 20th for the Talks to completely break down and both sides to start from scratch on a new deal (developing…)

  14. At this rate their will be hardly any training camp at all or as it will be called.. The “Brett Favre training camp”

  15. chillyphins says:
    Jul 11, 2011 9:42 AM
    If there is a silver lining, it’s that thephantomstranger’s kids don’t have to watch the Vikings practice!
    ____________

    Shows what you know. My kids always take off to do the obstacle course, football throw, etc. while I sit alone with my warm beer in the bleachers in 95 degree heat thinking “looks like T-Jack has it all put together this year.” Maybe it won’t be so bad to miss it just this once.

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