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Report: NFLPA* expected to meet Monday, recommend ratification of deal

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We’ve been so “close” to the end of the lockout for so long that we hesitate to get too excited about any report.

With that disclaimer out of the way, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen has news that should make football fans smile from coast to coast.

After “significant progress” was made Saturday, Mort reports the NFLPA* executive committee is expected to meet in Washington D.C. Monday to recommend the ratification of the next collective bargaining agreement.

“De Smith and Roger Goodell have worked directly to assure that nothing goes off path,” Mortensen writes. “Expect a presser Monday.”

It’s uncertain how the hanging details were settled and whether there will be a seven-year opt out for the ten-year deal.  After the union reconstitutes, the two sides will still have to collectively bargain issues like player discipline.

DeMaurice Smith has reportedly assured Goodell that those issues would be handled in time for the first full week of the preseason to go on schedule.   The NFL’s labor committee had a conference call Saturday that helped push the ball forward.

“Welcome back football,” Adam Schefter writes.

NFL Network’s Albert Breer is a little less certain in his timeline.  He reports talks are ongoing and the NFLPA* executive committee is on “standby” for Monday.

We’ve learned that a deal isn’t done until it’s done, so we’re tempering our optimism slightly.

But folks that had July 25th in their office lockout pool should be feeling pretty good.

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55 Responses to “Report: NFLPA* expected to meet Monday, recommend ratification of deal”
  1. acerockefellar says: Jul 23, 2011 6:26 PM

    It aint over til the fat lady signs on the dotted line.

  2. berniemadoffsides says: Jul 23, 2011 6:26 PM

    Until, of course, they DON’T ratify it…. lol

  3. Rhode Island Patriots Fan says: Jul 23, 2011 6:26 PM

    That’s super news. As the proverb says, “This too shall pass.” Evidently, that includes the NFL player lockout.

    Now we can all await with great anticipation and amusement the retrospectives that will soon be written by some in the sports media explaining—or spinning—why the final global settlement agreement and new 10-year CBA is a win by the players over the owners.

  4. stubbyjones says: Jul 23, 2011 6:27 PM

    …….and the cold water comes in 3….2…..1

  5. bingocostello says: Jul 23, 2011 6:28 PM

    did they have to explain to their “rank and file” what ratification means?

  6. bolt4life says: Jul 23, 2011 6:29 PM

    Can you really trust Mort anymore? If it was Breer or someone else, I wouldn’t say, “I’ll wait until it happens before getting excited.” It seems Mort cares more about being first than getting it right. If he predicts it first enough, eventually he will get it right, right?

  7. eagles83 says: Jul 23, 2011 6:29 PM

    “NFLPA* executive committee is expected to meet in Washington to D.C.”

    Literally coast to coast eh?

  8. 7370355q says: Jul 23, 2011 6:29 PM

    Does anybody know if the lockout continues while the 2 sides collectively bargain the issues that can’t be discussed until union re-certifies? Thanks

  9. thephantomstranger says: Jul 23, 2011 6:29 PM

    What’s wrong with Sunday?

  10. illwillthemick says: Jul 23, 2011 6:30 PM

    so.. what are doing sunday? Another day off? smh.. same old same old.. just get iyt done… now!!!

  11. kremis says: Jul 23, 2011 6:30 PM

    Mort then reported Brett farve will announce his return 30 seconds after agreement announced.

  12. themitchdraft says: Jul 23, 2011 6:30 PM

    “We’ve learned to that a deal isn’t done until it’s done, so we’re tempering our optimism slightly.”

    Nobody knows that fact better than us, the readers. You’ve been playing with our emotions for weeks now. Make up your goddamn minds? Is it over or not!?

  13. kane337 says: Jul 23, 2011 6:31 PM

    Hooray for foosball

  14. ohiogti2011 says: Jul 23, 2011 6:33 PM

    lmao…hahahaha!!! I can’t even take these “expected” emails serious anymore. This was “expected” to be done weeks ago and I don’t want to even start on the daily “expected” posts that never happened. The only thing I want to see is “The deal is done!”

  15. rajirog says: Jul 23, 2011 6:33 PM

    These articles have gotten old. PFT please STFU

  16. dcbassguy says: Jul 23, 2011 6:37 PM

    Why wait until Monday?

    Get it done already. Why would they need to meet in person? They used a conference call to choose not to vote, why not use one to vote? It would be the same player reps required to vote.

  17. jjrs89 says: Jul 23, 2011 6:37 PM

    Eh, just more piss for your cheerios

  18. dcbassguy says: Jul 23, 2011 6:38 PM

    @ rajirog

    If you don’t like the wonderful information provided here, why visit the site?

  19. shian11 says: Jul 23, 2011 6:38 PM

    Can’t wait for the nflpa to have a press conference announces that they ratified there latest proposal and can’t wait to get back to football as long as the nfl agrees with it!!

  20. tjp2033 says: Jul 23, 2011 6:40 PM

    How about they get it done tomorrow? Why wait a day? Lets get this deal done!!!

  21. ICDogg says: Jul 23, 2011 6:40 PM

    It’s for real this time. You can tell because they’ve broken out the hookers and blow.

  22. gtmann says: Jul 23, 2011 6:43 PM

    Turn the water heater up . I ain’t takin any more cold showers !!!!!!

    And no, the lockout can end as soon as the union recertifies

  23. maverick5266 says: Jul 23, 2011 6:50 PM

    Put the cork back in! You got drunk and smoked a cigar last week, and look where that went.

    I will get trashed when I see pads on, and not until then.

    It is Saturday night though, so to those that do. Get your drunk on. See you on Monday.

  24. rundmc20 says: Jul 23, 2011 6:51 PM

    No way, I’m not falling for this again. As George W Bush once said ” fool me once , shame on – shame on you. Fool me – you can’t get fooled again. “

  25. oarangecrush says: Jul 23, 2011 6:51 PM

    Whatever…… NFLPA is soooooo gay! Is it against their gayness to do this on Saturday or Sunday?

  26. superdanlp says: Jul 23, 2011 6:52 PM

    ABOUT TIME

  27. oarangecrush says: Jul 23, 2011 6:53 PM

    The next CBA should

  28. kepickle says: Jul 23, 2011 6:54 PM

    No NO NO NO I got fooled the other Night your not doing again I won’t believe till it happens

  29. oarangecrush says: Jul 23, 2011 6:54 PM

    The next CBA should be done by 32 fans. It is our money!

  30. illwillthemick says: Jul 23, 2011 6:54 PM

    “so.. what are doing sunday? Another day off? smh.. same old same old.. just get iyt done… now!!!”

    how can 3 of ya’ll thumbs down that smh.. must of been dee smith chester pitts and kessler.. lol.. go ahead take a day off cause of “stressful talks” but excuse me i gotta go tile a kitchen floor in 106 degree heat

  31. stairwayto7 says: Jul 23, 2011 6:57 PM

    Mort will back track yet again!
    NO DEAL UNTIL SEPT 27!!!!

  32. patsandsox says: Jul 23, 2011 6:58 PM

    Do any of you believe these lying reporters and their bogus unnamed sources?
    They always seem to be wrong

  33. dccowboy says: Jul 23, 2011 7:00 PM

    Dang, and I had July 23rd! Closer than anyone else I guess

  34. goawayeverybody says: Jul 23, 2011 7:00 PM

    I would like to know what exactly constitutes “progress.” It seems like the players had about 4 or 5 valid issues to look over. Was there some sort of compromise? Or were their concerns just a bunch of made up crap?

    I’m guessing made up crap.

  35. pc1976 says: Jul 23, 2011 7:01 PM

    I still haven’t found my carpet

  36. jersey73 says: Jul 23, 2011 7:03 PM

    Would love to see Emmitt Smith pronounce the word “ratification”.

  37. hansenbrothers says: Jul 23, 2011 7:06 PM

    I’ll believe it when I see it.

  38. earlcampbellrules says: Jul 23, 2011 7:08 PM

    Who cares if the flag football strike is over. What a joke pro football has turned into, I was hoping the strike would last all year. Let me know when it’s legal to hit someone again and I’ll be one happy dude. James Harrison is one of the last real football players.

  39. nomoreseasontix says: Jul 23, 2011 7:09 PM

    It’s hard to believe that DeM wants it settled too badly. He’ll go back to being unknown and irrelevant. He’s enjoying his 15 minutes I’m sure.

  40. raiders2055 says: Jul 23, 2011 7:15 PM

    not gonna lie, i have lost a lot of respect for espn through out this whole thing. How many times have they said the players are going to vote or the lock out is almost over? at least nfl network has been a lot more cautious with what they have been saying.

    JUST GET IT DONE ALREADY!!!!

  41. jacksaysfu says: Jul 23, 2011 7:18 PM

    I’m guilable, I’ll note! !!!

    I CANT FUDGING WAIT! !!

  42. drbob117 says: Jul 23, 2011 7:49 PM

    Get it done already!

  43. mechajaguar says: Jul 23, 2011 7:52 PM

    They better. I could use some good news on my birthday.

  44. raiduhdude says: Jul 23, 2011 8:18 PM

    Of course, anything can happen at any moment.

  45. ticewasbetter says: Jul 23, 2011 8:45 PM

    Why wait until Monday??

    You want fans to get excited again for football on Sunday, then sign the deal on the last Sunday before camp opens!

  46. thephantomstranger says: Jul 23, 2011 8:59 PM

    stairwayto7 says:
    Jul 23, 2011 6:57 PM
    Mort will back track yet again!
    NO DEAL UNTIL SEPT 27!!!!
    ____________

    Now that’s what I call commitment to a bit.

  47. vetdana says: Jul 23, 2011 9:02 PM

    Little Red Riding Hood is dead !!….You guys cried Wolf !…. for her, way too many times !!

  48. tomsd1 says: Jul 23, 2011 9:23 PM

    I won’t believe it until the Lakers legendary announcer Chick Hearn says: This game’s in the refrigerator! The door’s closed, the lights are out, the eggs are cooling, the butter’s getting hard, and the Jell-O is jiggling….”

  49. tomsd1 says: Jul 23, 2011 9:26 PM

    And as you know – Chick would have to sit up in his grave to do that. :)

  50. thephantomstranger says: Jul 23, 2011 10:20 PM

    Ratification is a funny word. It sounds like the process you go through when you become a rat. I’ll have to ask Jeff Kessler about that some day.

  51. TIM says: Jul 23, 2011 10:36 PM

    Like I said last Thursday night…If there is a way to screw this up D.Smith and the other ambulance chasers that work for the union will find a way.
    The Commish had a hand shake deal with D.Smith before the owners voted on Thursday and look how well he came through Thursday night ,lol. !!!
    Smith is simply an inept politician/lawyer and could have had this same deal over 3 Months ago. I hope the players learned their lesson about hiring a lawyer who knows nothing about the NFL to run their union. But judging by some of the moronic things many of the players have been saying lately,they would be lucky if they can tie their own shoe laces,lol.

  52. theblowtorchreview says: Jul 23, 2011 10:37 PM

    Is the NFL solving the economic crisis this country is in as well?

  53. skoobyfl says: Jul 23, 2011 10:52 PM

    Don’t Josh us again here.

  54. steelcity09 says: Jul 23, 2011 10:59 PM

    THE NFLPA RECOMMENDED RATIFICATION ON WEDNESDAY AND THE 32 PLAYER REPS DID NOT LISTEN TO D SMITH AND THE NEGOTIATING TEAM!

    THOSE DUMB REPS BETTER LISTEN TO THE MAN THEY ELECTED TO HANDLE THIS CBA THIS TIME!!!

  55. southmo says: Jul 23, 2011 11:02 PM

    Hooray for NFL Cheerleaders!

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