We heard for a long time that the revenue split was the primary bridge to cross to getting a deal done. Then it was the rookie wage scale.
Now it appears both issues are handled.
Albert Breer of NFL.com reports the economics of deal are essentially “done” with a few small details left. Breer writes that the players will initially get 47-48% of the revenue split.
Other issues remaining include the legacy fund for retirees, judicial oversight, and player safety. Greg A. Bedard of the Boston Globe says that the “football” issues are going slower than expected.
Still, there wouldn’t have been a lockout if not for the economic differences between the side. They have apparently agreed how to divide up their $9 billion.
Getting that out of the way is yet another positive sign in a 24-hour period that has included quite a few such developments.