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Owners ratify settlement in major step toward ending NFL lockout

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In a major step toward ending the NFL lockout, the league’s owners have voted to ratify a proposal settling the players’ antitrust litigation.

This was the key vote that had been anticipated at this NFL owners’ meeting for weeks, but it doesn’t end the lockout in and of itself. The players still need to accept the settlement, and to vote to re-certify their union. Then the owners and players would agree to a new Collective Bargaining Agreement and get back to work.

According to NFL Network, the owners voted 31-0 to approve the settlement, with the Oakland Raiders abstaining.

NFLPA* members will hold a conference call this evening at which they, too, may hold a vote, and if the players accept the same terms that the owners voted to accept, the lockout will be very close to an end.

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120 Responses to “Owners ratify settlement in major step toward ending NFL lockout”
  1. tjp2033 says: Jul 21, 2011 7:07 PM

    so close!!!!!

  2. bobwhitequail says: Jul 21, 2011 7:07 PM

    peter king says owners don’t have to pay the 320 million

  3. goldrush36 says: Jul 21, 2011 7:08 PM

    Undead Al couldn’t figure out how to cast his vote, so he went back to bed. Dammed that modern technology

  4. jm11890 says: Jul 21, 2011 7:08 PM

    al davis hahahahahaha

  5. 4gone says: Jul 21, 2011 7:08 PM

    I assume this just means that no one was able to wake Al Davis for the vote.

  6. firstroyal says: Jul 21, 2011 7:08 PM

    Its not close to over, we need D Smith to say “theres a lot more to do before this thing gets done” At least one more time- and then we will be close

  7. eaglesfootballfan says: Jul 21, 2011 7:09 PM

    Can we put the baby to sleep tonight. Please

  8. doe22us says: Jul 21, 2011 7:09 PM

    Its not a surprise that the Raiders abstained Al has been hands off during these labor negotiations, who like many others feel like it was a waste of time.

  9. eaglesfootballfan says: Jul 21, 2011 7:09 PM

    The Players will screw it up.

  10. kingjoe1 says: Jul 21, 2011 7:09 PM

    Al Davis had no idea where he was. He thought they were voting to put him in a home.
    Don’t eff this up players!

  11. jjrs89 says: Jul 21, 2011 7:09 PM

    Cold water in 3…2…..1…..

  12. trbowman says: Jul 21, 2011 7:09 PM

    Don’t get excited. Players aren’t voting tonight

  13. thirstymofo says: Jul 21, 2011 7:10 PM

    Good news! Must admit I got a little spot on my undies…but dammit, Al!

  14. canetic says: Jul 21, 2011 7:10 PM

    Too bad Logan Mankins and Vincent Jackson aren’t going for it

  15. schemefactory says: Jul 21, 2011 7:10 PM

    next pft story: “PSYCH!! Owners say ‘just effin wit ya!”.

  16. goldeelox says: Jul 21, 2011 7:10 PM

    Al Davis though they were voting on his settlement from ’95.

  17. gdixon3421 says: Jul 21, 2011 7:10 PM

    On the goal line now. Lets push it in for the touchdown!!!

  18. sb34champ says: Jul 21, 2011 7:11 PM

    Owners want to see Sam Bradford blossom just like the fans

  19. phreakin says: Jul 21, 2011 7:11 PM

    YEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS. Come on players, don’t screw it up!!!

  20. dasmol says: Jul 21, 2011 7:11 PM

    What, the Raiduhs didn’t vote? Oh yeah, that whole felons lose their right to vote thing.

    Figures.

  21. bpjensen says: Jul 21, 2011 7:11 PM

    There are probably 300 free agents on the phone right now asking how they can do this vote thing.

  22. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Jul 21, 2011 7:12 PM

    ” with the Oakland Raiders abstaining.”

    Only da Raiders. Don’t even bother voting. Geezus.

  23. blmonroe12 says: Jul 21, 2011 7:12 PM

    Did Al Davis know what was happening??

  24. footballfanatic3431 says: Jul 21, 2011 7:13 PM

    Ball is entirely in players court.

    If they truly “just want to play ball” then they will pass this now.

  25. deadeye says: Jul 21, 2011 7:13 PM

    The ball is literally in the players court, any delays at this point is completely their fault. Let’s hope they act quickly, I can’t imagine my life without the HOF game.

  26. bfloboom says: Jul 21, 2011 7:13 PM

    YYYEEESSSSSS were almost out of this mess

  27. champgiff says: Jul 21, 2011 7:14 PM

    Let’s go Smith….time to do what they’re paying you enormous amounts of money to do….GET IT DONE.

  28. everydayimfumbilin says: Jul 21, 2011 7:14 PM

    oh the raiders

  29. 23chameleons says: Jul 21, 2011 7:14 PM

    I HATE the word “abstain” …

  30. clblay78 says: Jul 21, 2011 7:15 PM

    Why would a team abstain from the vote? Is Al Davis trying to gain press?

  31. chazk100 says: Jul 21, 2011 7:15 PM

    How was this news conveyed? A puff of smoke thru a? chimney

  32. whohoo2 says: Jul 21, 2011 7:15 PM

    Close to getting back to hating the Steelers. Ray Ray was right. Lockout = more crime. Just didn’t think it’d be coming from Pittsburgh.

  33. typhilly21 says: Jul 21, 2011 7:16 PM

    Of course Undead Al abstained, zombies can’t vote

  34. norcaleagles says: Jul 21, 2011 7:16 PM

    Great. Lets get sh#$ done then!

  35. bigdinla says: Jul 21, 2011 7:16 PM

    Now we will see if the players can put on there big boy pants and step up. If they do not vote on this tonight they will get killed in the PR battle.

  36. homerpimpson says: Jul 21, 2011 7:16 PM

    Oh Raiders, you so silly!

  37. zombieeye says: Jul 21, 2011 7:16 PM

    “According to NFL Network, the owners voted 31-0 to approve the settlement, with the Oakland Raiders abstaining”

    That Al Davis is an idiot. He’s looking more and more like the Creep Keeper as well. You know he feeds off the tears of small children.

  38. greenbay4ever says: Jul 21, 2011 7:16 PM

    Please no cold water.

  39. 8drinkminimum says: Jul 21, 2011 7:16 PM

    If Kessler is bound and gagged in some basement this thing may actually get done by tomorrow.

  40. FinFan68 says: Jul 21, 2011 7:17 PM

    Skeletor abstained? If Kraft could vote then Davis should have voted. Now, it seems that the owners are once again waiting for a response from the players/union. Hopefully they get one soon :)

  41. eatingcereal says: Jul 21, 2011 7:17 PM

    NFLPA*, the ball is now in your court.

  42. finsfrontofficeisajoke says: Jul 21, 2011 7:17 PM

    Say it ain’t so! Now, if the players can get it approved, LET THE FREE AGENT FEEDING FRENZY COMMENCE!!!!!

    Side note – I wonder how much tampering has been going on these last couple weeks??

  43. macgee10 says: Jul 21, 2011 7:17 PM

    Well I guess the ball is in D. Smith’s court again.

  44. lucky5934 says: Jul 21, 2011 7:18 PM

    - Well, Al Davis wanted to vote, but they couldn’t tell which way he was voting due to his crooked alien hands.

    – Solution to the recertification.. start training camp… have players vote the first day. Then Fed-Ex the results.

    – John Clayton just announced on the four letter network that two-three owners opposed the deal. Personally, I trust PFT over Skelator. The four letter network is even announcing the 31-0 voting margin at the bottom of the screen. Someone should probably pass that information on to Clayton so he doesn’t look any less credible than he already is.

    – The Hall of Fame game has been cancelled. A small casualty compared to getting the NFL back by August 1st.

    – D. Smith just interrupted Mortenson/Davis on the four letter during a live interview simply to not answer any of their questions.

    – Finally, I am over the alleged trust issue between players and owners. Once paychecks are being handed out… all will be well.

  45. clawledge says: Jul 21, 2011 7:18 PM

    Whooooooo!

  46. benh999 says: Jul 21, 2011 7:18 PM

    Someone forgot wake up Uncle Al.

  47. AlanSaysYo says: Jul 21, 2011 7:18 PM

    I assume Al Davis didn’t vote because his decrepit hand fell off and he couldn’t find it under the table.

  48. wiscoexpat says: Jul 21, 2011 7:18 PM

    Please, please, please let this end tonight. Checking PFT every 10 minutes (for the last FIVE MONTHS) makes me feel schizophrenic.

  49. eagles83 says: Jul 21, 2011 7:18 PM

    Christ, just get it the F done! This is ridiculous.

  50. pantherfan89 says: Jul 21, 2011 7:19 PM

    BOOOYAAHHHH BITCH!!!

  51. iamthorny says: Jul 21, 2011 7:19 PM

    Why would the players agree to this… they have so many other options.

    James Harrison= Political commentator. In times like these, America really needs his voice.

    Jared Allen= Grocery Sacker (roids won’t be necessary in this new career field but he’ll probably have to cut the mullet)

    Mike Vick= trainer for the Westminster Dog Show. I’m sure he’ll create an electric atmosphere if Sparky ain’t performing.

    Randy Moss= Food critic for the alternative newspaper. He’ll be sure to bring his dog along for all his reviews.

    Terrell Owens=Mary Kay Distributor…showing you how to look your best so you can love you some you.

    Vincent Jackson- Retail employee…I’m sure someone will fork over 10 million for his ability to reach things off the top shelf for customers.

    Albert Haynesworth= BP employee. Next time there’s an oil leak, they can just sh0ve his fat arse down the pipe and save the ocean.

    Tom Brady= Sperm Donor to the stars. Enough said.

    Why play football when these guys have so many options to make the kind of money they do playing a game?

  52. echoplex89 says: Jul 21, 2011 7:19 PM

    crazy ass al davis abstaining from voting.

  53. gamecheck1 says: Jul 21, 2011 7:19 PM

    Speed it up already!

  54. berniemadoffsides says: Jul 21, 2011 7:20 PM

    Yeahhhhhhhh, baby!!!

  55. chrisvegas says: Jul 21, 2011 7:20 PM

    Players Now it is up to you to GET ER DONE!!!!!

  56. bobwhitequail says: Jul 21, 2011 7:20 PM

    If the players ratify tonight, tracking all the free agency moves in the near future is going to be a whirlwind. The bungles are like $60 million under the cap Minimum I think. They finally have to spend some money. Tampa and redskins should be heavy hitters in free agency I would think. Should be wild!

  57. firerogergoodell says: Jul 21, 2011 7:21 PM

    LOL @ Al Davis. Can he ever do anything normal?

  58. glynners says: Jul 21, 2011 7:21 PM

    Al Davies asleep?

  59. isphet71 says: Jul 21, 2011 7:21 PM

    Now it’s all on the players. They’ve been behind and dragging their feet on details throughout this process; they better not use that as an excuse.

  60. tobiaslane says: Jul 21, 2011 7:21 PM

    The football is in the players hands now.

  61. greatminnesotasportsmind says: Jul 21, 2011 7:22 PM

    Oakland didn’t vote? Did Jerry Jones forget to open Al Davis’ coffin?

  62. 808raiderinparadise says: Jul 21, 2011 7:22 PM

    AL was too bust working on cap room to give Nnamdi his new contract. He will be a raider.

  63. billinva says: Jul 21, 2011 7:23 PM

    Did Al Davis forget how to use a phone?

  64. carlsbadboltfan says: Jul 21, 2011 7:23 PM

    “According to NFL Network, the owners voted 31-0 to approve the settlement, with the Oakland Raiders abstaining.”

    WTF? Uncle Al off his meds again?

  65. AndyGasparini says: Jul 21, 2011 7:23 PM

    The Raiders even managed to screw that up.

  66. zoxitic says: Jul 21, 2011 7:23 PM

    Players – ball is in your court – dont fumble.

  67. killxswitch says: Jul 21, 2011 7:24 PM

    31-0? Who didn’t vote?

    Let’s go players. Just do it already.

  68. mrbigass says: Jul 21, 2011 7:24 PM

    Must be a great deal for the owners if they voted 31-0. Must be why the players are still diggin’ for a little extra cheese at the end…….

  69. blountforce says: Jul 21, 2011 7:25 PM

    Leave it up to Crazy Al to abstain

  70. mad55555 says: Jul 21, 2011 7:25 PM

    but it’s not over until the ugly, fat giants fan falls down a flight of steps drunk.

  71. pioliforprez says: Jul 21, 2011 7:25 PM

    sounds like we’re very close to nearing the end of the final stages of the last step in the JUST GET IT DONE!!!

  72. bobwhitequail says: Jul 21, 2011 7:26 PM

    7:26 HOF game cancelled. union must reform by july 26

  73. jdcatcher5252 says: Jul 21, 2011 7:26 PM

    Nice Al…. nice.

  74. jayhawk6 says: Jul 21, 2011 7:26 PM

    Is this how the relief provided by Metamucil feels?

  75. tjacks7 says: Jul 21, 2011 7:27 PM

    And here comes the part where those tools Kessler and De Smith stand up and say, “we got ‘em right where we want ‘em, who wants a free 10 million bucks and a couple more weeks of vacation before going back to work??”

    Ps. Al Davis, you sly old dog.

  76. ryanclark25 says: Jul 21, 2011 7:28 PM

    yeahhhhh buddy :D billionaires agree millionaires get it done, lets forget this whole mess play the best game in the world and get the natural order back on track!!

  77. supashug says: Jul 21, 2011 7:28 PM

    Chester Pitts? Is this really happening, where did he go

  78. azcard says: Jul 21, 2011 7:29 PM

    i wonder if the players would be more receptive to approving the proposal if the owner vote had been closer to 24-8 than 31-0. near unanimous approval by the owners first makes the deal seem like it heavily favors the owners.

  79. atmedic8daily says: Jul 21, 2011 7:29 PM

    I’ll smoke to that!!!

  80. surshot says: Jul 21, 2011 7:29 PM

    OK Let’s see what the players have to say.

  81. vtsquirm says: Jul 21, 2011 7:29 PM

    1 vote down, 1 to go. C’mon players do the right thing and approve!

  82. randysavage4ever says: Jul 21, 2011 7:30 PM

    Al Davis is too gangster… he really does things his way and does not CARE about anyone or anything else or what they think…

    Good stuff. Hey if its what you believe in!

    RAIDERS.

  83. nola4eva says: Jul 21, 2011 7:31 PM

    So…when do the players vote???

  84. xinellum says: Jul 21, 2011 7:32 PM

    Players have a couple days to decide so no big deal if they dont vote tonight. They know the timeline and De Smith and his executive commitee members made an agreement and the player reps gave them authority to do so, so now the players wlil get briefed on what they agreed to and they may or may not vote tonight, but no biggie. Sometime in the next two to three days they will vote, it will be approved after they have proven they have power and can hold up the process. Once their egos have been stroked, the players will show up to camp and sign their union cards and get back to work. i look for it to be Sunday, not Saturday, but that is consistent with the union flexing it’s muscle, but will back down short of losing this deal.

  85. hunter300win says: Jul 21, 2011 7:32 PM

    D Smith
    Burn in h#$#

  86. Matt says: Jul 21, 2011 7:32 PM

    Go Raiduhs. First, Al went on a spending spree while the other owners colluded to save money before the lockout. Second, Amy came up with a shrewd idea to save employees jobs while other teams ruthlessly laid off their staffs. Now, we abstain from this horrible lockout mess. Our hands are clean.

    Win lose or tie, Raider till I die.

  87. help me says: Jul 21, 2011 7:33 PM

    There’s ole’ Crazy Al again.

    I bet the vote would also be 31-1 to commit Davis to Shady Hills.

  88. azcard says: Jul 21, 2011 7:33 PM

    on the other hand, by acting unanimously first, the onus now rests squarely on the players’ shoulders. they will incur the wrath of just about everyone if they don’t approve it and soon.

  89. h8trsgonnah8 says: Jul 21, 2011 7:33 PM

    alright the ball is in your court greedy a$$ players. lets see what you do with it

  90. hobartbaker says: Jul 21, 2011 7:34 PM

    Al Davis was unable to attend without the cover of full darkness.

  91. joeydawop says: Jul 21, 2011 7:34 PM

    Ok players its your turn now.

  92. wet4football says: Jul 21, 2011 7:34 PM

    update: NFLPA* won’t vote until the summer heat wave is over.

  93. jersey73 says: Jul 21, 2011 7:34 PM

    Congrats to the owners! The ball is in your court players!

  94. ramofsteel says: Jul 21, 2011 7:36 PM

    ’bout time!

  95. iamthorny says: Jul 21, 2011 7:36 PM

    It’s a shame nobody told Al Davis there was a lockout so the Raiders could’ve voted.

  96. oldbrowndawg says: Jul 21, 2011 7:36 PM

    Okay, D. Roger did his part. Your move! Just do what they hired you to do and GET THIS DONE! And please don’t run it by any more of your wonderful lawyers. Those dudes would screw up a one-car funeral!

  97. rollolarson says: Jul 21, 2011 7:36 PM

    get’er done!!!

  98. wwwfella says: Jul 21, 2011 7:37 PM

    its about got dam time!!!!

  99. jcg23 says: Jul 21, 2011 7:39 PM

    Players – Put up or shut up!

  100. BernardPollardIsAnAss says: Jul 21, 2011 7:39 PM

    Thanks god (as my favorite Guatemalteco friend Edgar would say)! Let’s get this friggin show on the road. Btw… Chester Pitts is a complete douche. I am hoping for an achillies tear for that a-hole. I would hope for brain cancer, but he clearly lacks a critical element required for that condition.

  101. djaehne says: Jul 21, 2011 7:40 PM

    I’m sorry, were you talking to us?

  102. lamepftposter says: Jul 21, 2011 7:42 PM

    praise jesus. praise allah. praise buddha, praise siva, praise christopher hitchens.

  103. derekjetersmansion says: Jul 21, 2011 7:43 PM

    Why did the Raiders abstain?

  104. goodandfast says: Jul 21, 2011 7:43 PM

    #winning

  105. doowix says: Jul 21, 2011 7:44 PM

    If only Al Davis would abstain from ALL football operations..

  106. SmackSaw says: Jul 21, 2011 7:45 PM

    Al Davis loves to stick a finger in the NFL’s eye.

  107. thefiesty1 says: Jul 21, 2011 7:46 PM

    Oakland abstaining? What’s the matter, is that because Al Davis has been brain dead for the last few (up to 10) years? Is he still trying to recover his blown $$$ from his JaMarcus Russell contract?

  108. moochzilla says: Jul 21, 2011 7:49 PM

    Anyone know why Al acted as he did?

  109. starderup says: Jul 21, 2011 7:49 PM

    The Raiders have been abstaining from the NFL for quite a while. To their credit, they are consistent here.

  110. raiduhdude says: Jul 21, 2011 7:53 PM

    LOL Al you crazy old man…

  111. dequan81 says: Jul 21, 2011 7:53 PM

    I never wondered about the owners… But the players?! I dunno.

  112. valman61 says: Jul 21, 2011 7:54 PM

    Thank god

  113. bringbackorange says: Jul 21, 2011 7:55 PM

    Why would you abstain? I don’t understand…

  114. gfan8611 says: Jul 21, 2011 7:56 PM

    Al Davis is insane. Ignore him. The league does.

  115. realfootballfan says: Jul 21, 2011 7:56 PM

    You have to love him. Always old Al holding out.

  116. hobartbaker says: Jul 21, 2011 8:03 PM

    Al wasn’t able to emerge from his crypt while the sun was still up.

  117. thegonz13 says: Jul 21, 2011 8:06 PM

    Hallelujah!!!!

  118. jebdamone says: Jul 21, 2011 8:15 PM

    apparently al davis didn’t realize that the telegraph is no longer the preferred method of communication.

  119. whynotusecommonsense says: Jul 21, 2011 8:19 PM

    Al Davis abstaining is pretty simple. He didn’t like something about the CBA enough to go on record to support it. But his issues weren’t big enough to want to keep it from passing. So he abstained. He’s now on record for not fully supporting this CBA. It’s a non issue really unless 9 of them would have done it.

    Your turn players

  120. boknowsvt says: Jul 21, 2011 8:23 PM

    According to Amy Trask, Raiders CEO (per Paul Gutierrez Raiders insider)

    “We have profound philosophical differences on a number of issues, both of a football and economic nature. We have consistently expressed our views on these matters to the league.”

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