The best news regarding the potential approval by the players of the new labor deal is that, if/when the thing becomes finalized, it will be a firm 10-year agreement.
With no opt out.
The last CBA, negotiated in 2006, was a seven-year provision that allowed either side to pull the plug two years early. The league opted to do so, notifying the players in May 2008 of their intention.
Thus, last time around, we had true labor peace for only two years.
None of this means the players definitely will accept the proposal and agree to reformulate the union by Tuesday, July 26. The conference call involving the members of the NFLPA* Executive Committee and the board of player representatives begins at 8:00 p.m. ET.