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How Monday’s NFLPA* procedure will work


With an agreement between the NFL and NFLPA* on the verge of happening, many folks may be wondering exactly how Monday’s events will transpire.

A source with knowledge of the procedure informed Florio of the process, and Florio passed word along to the NYC bureau.

First, the ten antitrust plaintiffs have already agreed to terms of the settlement.

On Monday, the NFLPA* Executive Committee will meet in Washington D.C. to recommend ratification of the settlement.  A simple majority is all that’s needed to move the process to the next step.

That next step: The board of player representatives will vote on whether to recommend the agreement. We believe that will take place over the phone.  Again, only a simple majority is needed to move the voting along to the rank and file.  We suspect the union would probably prefer the votes above be unanimous as a show of unity.

Assuming those steps are taken as expected Monday, players from around the league would then vote on the agreement and whether to recertify as a union when they arrive at team facilities during the week.

That process will start Wednesday, with the hope that there will be enough votes to officially agree to terms by Friday and start free agency over the weekend.

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  1. fballguy says: Jul 24, 2011 10:39 AM

    Anyone else worried about that long time span from Monday to Friday?

  2. pympdaddi says: Jul 24, 2011 10:39 AM

    OK, enough, posturing and chest pounding, get this stuff DONE so the FUN part can happen… football!

  3. backdapack says: Jul 24, 2011 10:42 AM

    and the jerking around continues…..

    some idiotic player will tweet something stupid a bit later and the circle of jerk will cycle again.

    i hope these players and owners are real proud of themselves!

  4. tomsd1 says: Jul 24, 2011 10:43 AM

    Guess the players finally realized what horrible press they were getting, eh?

  5. Little Earthquake says: Jul 24, 2011 10:46 AM

    Fascinating stuff. Why couldn’t this have happened over the weekend?

  6. palinforpresidentofnorthkorea says: Jul 24, 2011 10:47 AM

    3G: too many details. You’ll confuse the players as they prepare for six days of pillow fights followed by one day of hitting.

    “Sign your name here”.

    Then we have a deal!

  7. phinfan54 says: Jul 24, 2011 10:47 AM

    Thank you for clarifying the NFLPA process for ratification. They have really mismanaged the communication process with their representatives and membership. As a result the media and fans have been in the dark as well. This has created a more negative view of the players than maybe they deserve. It’s their union that is to blame.

  8. dryheaveone says: Jul 24, 2011 10:47 AM

    no “finger wave” ??….

  9. canetic says: Jul 24, 2011 10:47 AM

    We all know it won’t work that smoothly. It’s not how the NFLPA operates.

  10. richm2256 says: Jul 24, 2011 10:48 AM

    “How Monday’s NFLPA* procedure will work”

    Allow me to write this piece for you, Munchkin;

    On Monday, De Smith will contact all Player Reps and ask them to meet at Hotel X at noon on Monday. Ten of the reps will say they can’t make it, they’re too hung over from all the champagne they were forced to drink after all the fans popped the corks celebrating a deal the players hadn’t approved yet.

    Eight of the Reps won’t agree with the choice of hotel that Smith made because;

    A) They trashed a room there, and aren’t allowed back
    B) They sexually assaulted a hotel maid there, and aren’t allowed back
    C) They think the owners have a finacnial stake there, and won’t step foot in the joint.

    After they agree to meet out in an alley behind a nearby Motel 6, the planned meeting is cancelled because De Smith wants to serve them Ho-Ho’s, when 12 of the players prefer Ring Dings.

    Once Smith gets them all to agree to donuts instead, he has to reschedule the meeting – which is to agree to the CBA terms, which the reps will then take back to their players, to schedule a vote for ratification – because it’s now after 3:30 Monday, and who the hell meets after 3:30 in the afternoon? The meeting about the meeting is then rescheduled for Thursday morning at 9PM, which 80% of the Reps will miss because they’re “sleeping in”.

    Next Friday a major push will come to schedule the meeting about the meeting, before the weekend, and will be unable to do so.

    De Smith will release a statement praising “all the work that we accomplished” this past week, and will criticize the owners for cancelling the Hall of Fame game, which, Smith says, “the players were looking forward to getting the pre-season under way”.

    There’s your story Gregg, take the rest of the day off.

  11. drbob117 says: Jul 24, 2011 10:57 AM

    I believe that both the executive board and the player reps also have to recommend recertification separately, in addition to ratifying the agreement, before the rank and file vote. That wasn’t made clear in the article.

  12. darvon86 says: Jul 24, 2011 10:59 AM

    You are mixing up the terms settlement and agreement. If the named plaintiffs of Brady agree to a SSA, then isn’t the next step to petition the court to accept the agreement and certify the class to reach settlement?

    The only thing reps and players have to officially vote on is a CBA, not a SSA, correct?

  13. 72Perfection says: Jul 24, 2011 11:05 AM

    This is fantastic news….now the New York Jokes…oops…I mean Jest….oops…I mean J.E.T.S can go about winning the Super Bowl for the third year in a row!!
    Coach foot in mouth…oops…I mean Ryan….can GUARANTEE another Super Bowl victory! Three peat baby!!


    Whata bunch of clowns disguised as a NFL team!!

  14. gregwestlake says: Jul 24, 2011 11:05 AM

    Ok, screw the cold water comments. This is for real now. FOOTBALL IS BACK!!! (INSERT MNF THEME)

  15. raven4life21 says: Jul 24, 2011 11:09 AM

    My boys need practice let’s go “need-4-greed”
    Get it done!

  16. Del Mar Dennis says: Jul 24, 2011 11:11 AM

    It’s about damn time. I’m ready for some football.

  17. steelcity09 says: Jul 24, 2011 11:11 AM

    I will be so happy when I dont have to see D Smith on TV anymore:)

  18. eaglesnoles05 says: Jul 24, 2011 11:11 AM

    Sweeeeeet, I knew I could get past the bar exam before all this goes down. If Free Agency was gonna start wednesday at 12am, I might as well just not even show up to the mbe. SO READY FOR FA! BIRDS!

  19. dwntwnbadboy19 says: Jul 24, 2011 11:13 AM

    How the FANS procedure will work.

    Step 1. Nfl/NFLPA* will be on the “verge” of settlement.

    Step 2. Fans will be excited once again that a settlement is gonna be reached.

    Step 3. The media is gonna give the fans a bunch of optimistic stories about a settlement

    Step 4. Someone from the NFLPA* is gonna whip out his tiny tool, and piss all over the FANS that finance this retarded bullsht

    At this point, every party in this whole mess can go F themselves.

  20. dieharddolfan6493 says: Jul 24, 2011 11:13 AM

    Not even gonna get my hopes up

  21. blountforce says: Jul 24, 2011 11:14 AM

    ’bout time…..greedy bastards!!!

  22. buzzz84 says: Jul 24, 2011 11:18 AM

    I guess its time to cancel my college fantasy football draft…

  23. everydayimfumbilin says: Jul 24, 2011 11:19 AM

    well this summer has been quite the ride

  24. pigskin28 says: Jul 24, 2011 11:19 AM

    In all the talk of scheduled business, i’ve yet to see anything on the supplemental draft.

    Also, the fact that the Hall of Fame game has been scrapped has been met with unanimous iindefference butwhat of the great players going into the hall withno game in their honor? Has this ever happened?
    Who speaks out for those guys suffering an incomplete weekend?

  25. arizonaben11 says: Jul 24, 2011 11:36 AM

    Yawn… there will be some football after all? Hmm….that’s nice. Gonna root just a little less for all these greedy schmucks this year…..thanks for throwing back the curtain, guys.

  26. MichaelEdits says: Jul 24, 2011 11:38 AM

    Caterpillar sheds his skin
    To find the butterfly within
    First there is a union
    Then there is no union
    Then there is

  27. goindy2006 says: Jul 24, 2011 11:40 AM

    Less talk more action!!!

  28. Sayre Bedinger says: Jul 24, 2011 11:41 AM

    I am planning on going to Broncos training camp this next week, so hopefully there is order restored.

  29. purpleman527 says: Jul 24, 2011 11:44 AM

    “How Monday’s NFLPA* procedure will work”
    Yeah, right.

    So now it will all happen on Friday? As oppossed to last Thursday, then Friday, then over the weekend, then not over the weekend, then to Monday? 🙂

    What you forgot to include in your latest wild ass guess is this:

    “Once the NFLPA reforms, De Smith and the players flip the bird and announce that they will go on STRIKE.”

  30. Spencer says: Jul 24, 2011 11:45 AM

    I just got the strongest sense of deja vu. I can’t imagine why.

  31. dryheaveone says: Jul 24, 2011 11:45 AM

    Hey richm2256,…….LMAO….that was excellent, 2 thumbs up

  32. jaydub204 says: Jul 24, 2011 11:50 AM


    It just won’t f’n END…

  33. endzonezombie says: Jul 24, 2011 11:52 AM

    Once the CBA is ratified, the camps are open, and the players are playing football again, richm2256’s job as an internet shill for the owners will be over, and he will go back to cleaning stadium toilets again. The owners are very proud of the job you have done – you will get a gold plated replica of a roll of toilet paper.

  34. deadeye says: Jul 24, 2011 11:55 AM

    Would all of this nonsense be necessary if the courts had ruled that the decertification was a sham?

    Everyone on the planet knows that those a-holes were still going to collectively bargain and reform the union when an agreement was reached. Now these clowns have created the necessity of having a bunch of complicated little maneuvers to keep up appearances that they weren’t really a union all this time that they’ve been negotiating as one.

  35. hscorpio says: Jul 24, 2011 11:59 AM

    When in the timeline are the players expected to raise another issue that further delays the whole thing and gets them out of more training camp?

  36. richm2256 says: Jul 24, 2011 12:03 PM


    Next year I’m coming after your Golden Plunger award, so bring your A-game if you want to stay “King of the ‘Loo”.


  37. hobartbaker says: Jul 24, 2011 12:40 PM

    LOL, great crop job on the photo.

    Render unto The Little Emperor DeMo whatever ridicule you can.

  38. nomoreseasontix says: Jul 24, 2011 12:47 PM

    It’d be nice if it gets done. I’m pretty tired of reading about DeM and all the other non-football clowns. Let’s get to the frantic free agent frenzy. There should be plenty of crazy, head-scratcher moves made.

  39. bucforever says: Jul 24, 2011 12:54 PM

    I will keep saying that they need to be on the field before I can believe this deal is done!!!

  40. thetobygrizwold says: Jul 24, 2011 1:38 PM

    I’ll tell you how it’ll work. It won’t!!!

  41. eacuna05 says: Jul 24, 2011 1:39 PM

    Cue Heath Evans saying the owners are sneaking something in, but is not sure what…

    Some of these guys are lucky to be able to play for ONE million a year. If they don’t like the owners terms, they should look for new jobs.

  42. TheDPR says: Jul 24, 2011 2:11 PM

    Why does it take an entire week to vote on this?

    There is no reason not to get the 950 or so votes they need to recertify in a single day.

  43. jvw1982 says: Jul 24, 2011 3:26 PM

    If this gets done this week, I will have no animosity towards any of the parties…..The players were locked out and we only lost an offseason, I call that a win win for everybody especially the fans…..

    Lets get this deal done and start talking about some football……

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