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It’s over: NFLPA* leadership unanimously ratifies CBA

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The NFLPA* wanted a unanimous recommendation of the new labor deal before sending it to the rank-and-file for a 50-percent-plus-one vote, and the NFLPA* got it.

“It’s unanimous,” NFLPA* spokesman George Atallah said on Twitter.

It’s still not over, but there’s virtually no way at least 50 percent of the players won’t agree.

Albert Breer of NFL Network reports that the 10 Brady class action plaintiffs also have approved of the settlement.

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  1. trbowman says: Jul 25, 2011 1:55 PM

    136 days. 136 days we’ve waited for this headline, and now it’s finally here.

  2. dcbassguy says: Jul 25, 2011 1:56 PM

    YEAH!

  3. AlanSaysYo says: Jul 25, 2011 1:56 PM

    WOO HA

  4. biggerballz says: Jul 25, 2011 1:56 PM

    time to dance in the rain

  5. twitter:Chapman_Jamie says: Jul 25, 2011 1:56 PM

    GAME ON!

  6. RayLewisIsGod says: Jul 25, 2011 1:56 PM

    Finally.
    Jesus, what a poo show that was.

  7. thephantomstranger says: Jul 25, 2011 1:56 PM

    Not so fast! I’ve heard that four independent sources are reporting that the lockout is not over and will continue until September 27! Those sources are stairwayto7, lovesportsandsurfing, nudeman, and purpleman527.

  8. smackadabassmon says: Jul 25, 2011 1:57 PM

    Christmas in July……

  9. footballfanatic3431 says: Jul 25, 2011 1:57 PM

    WHOSE READY FOR SOME FOOTBALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

  10. Southpaw says: Jul 25, 2011 1:57 PM

    Now if only we could go through the whole season without the story always being told with the lockout in perspective… I can only hear the talking heads during games putting everything around that

    I just don’t want to hear about it anymore – I’m sick of it… just pretend like time stopped since March, and get on with football

  11. ftblfan9 says: Jul 25, 2011 1:57 PM

    Are you ready for some football?

  12. rexryansdirtysock says: Jul 25, 2011 1:57 PM

    YES! IT’S OVER!

    In some ways its strange feeling to have football back (probably because I can’t believe this is actually done), but I’m absolutely ecstatic.

    And the first preseason game is just over two weeks away!

  13. dallasbaby says: Jul 25, 2011 1:57 PM

    OH TESTIFY!!!!!!!!

    WE HAVE FOOTBALL.

  14. smackadabassmon says: Jul 25, 2011 1:57 PM

    …NOT LET’S GET IT ON!!!!

  15. crumpledstiltskin says: Jul 25, 2011 1:57 PM

    Fist pump

  16. smackadabassmon says: Jul 25, 2011 1:57 PM

    Now ^^^^

  17. cotts1 says: Jul 25, 2011 1:57 PM

    YIPPEEEEEE!!!

  18. chc4 says: Jul 25, 2011 1:58 PM

    32-0 vote by the union leadership. This must mean it’s a bad deal for the owners.

  19. berniemadoffsides says: Jul 25, 2011 1:58 PM

    The headline and picture we’ve all been waiting for!

    YES!!!

  20. time2speakup says: Jul 25, 2011 1:58 PM

    I told you there is a “Football God” and he/she just smiled on all of us. Good health to all the players, coaches – and especially us poor beleagured fans.

    Go Niners!

  21. chazk100 says: Jul 25, 2011 1:58 PM

    “Our long national nightmare is over”

  22. facebookuser111 says: Jul 25, 2011 1:59 PM

    Oh Hell yeah!

  23. goldeelox says: Jul 25, 2011 1:59 PM

    Kessler will be back *poof of ominous smoke with evil lawyer laugh*

  24. zackhjenkins says: Jul 25, 2011 1:59 PM

    its about god damn time

  25. h8trsgonnah8 says: Jul 25, 2011 1:59 PM

    Thank you sweet baby jesus

  26. mndudeness says: Jul 25, 2011 1:59 PM

    I happened to be asleep for the last 5 months.. what’d I miss?

    Nothing.

    Football never left.

  27. carlgerbschmidt says: Jul 25, 2011 1:59 PM

    Here we go, baby! Time to repeat. I’ve got confirmation on a is a Type B Road Blow on the back highways just north of Juneau in the shape of a “52” with a “G” in the cracks below it – If you look close enough you can almost see the words “back to back” written in cursive below and to the right of the “G.”

    Just one more reason to know that we will repeat as Super Bowl champions!

    Indianapolis Inevatable!

  28. paochow says: Jul 25, 2011 2:00 PM

    SWEET!!!!!!!

  29. rkjacobson says: Jul 25, 2011 2:00 PM

    Praise the Lord! Let’s get to actual football around here for a change!

  30. souljalb says: Jul 25, 2011 2:00 PM

    Yeeeeee little doggie! About damn time

  31. thephantomstranger says: Jul 25, 2011 2:00 PM

    Waiter, please send over a bottle of your best Dom Deluise.

  32. uclabruininstlouis says: Jul 25, 2011 2:00 PM

    YES YES YES. I’m MORE than ready for some football.

  33. chizzle20 says: Jul 25, 2011 2:00 PM

    How long have you been saving that picture Mike?

  34. jbythebay says: Jul 25, 2011 2:01 PM

    looks like Chris Collinsworth was wrong

  35. minormillikin says: Jul 25, 2011 2:01 PM

    I’m gonna tweet about this like there’s no tomorrow. And blog too!

  36. frostbelt says: Jul 25, 2011 2:01 PM

    GO BILLS!

  37. phileborn says: Jul 25, 2011 2:01 PM

    I just high-fived everyone in my office…including the 72 year old woman who doesn’t know what a football is

  38. schmitty2 says: Jul 25, 2011 2:02 PM

    How about the fans vote to NEVER speak of this lockout AGAIN! Thumbs ups if your with me!

  39. stevo8drum says: Jul 25, 2011 2:02 PM

    ok guys- now lets get out those flags and begin flag football.

    I cant wait to hear the players complain how Roger Goodell has made this game soft.

  40. 4gone says: Jul 25, 2011 2:03 PM

    I’ll drink to that…
    But no one should feel special – I drink to everything.

  41. eaglez10 says: Jul 25, 2011 2:03 PM

    Bart Scott voice ” cant wait”

  42. touchdownroddywhite says: Jul 25, 2011 2:03 PM

    Time to start saving for superbowl tickets it sounds like…

  43. hastekilled says: Jul 25, 2011 2:03 PM

    It’s about time. Are you ready for some football?!

  44. jh500 says: Jul 25, 2011 2:03 PM

    WOO The Browns are going to the Super Bowl!

  45. upperdecker19 says: Jul 25, 2011 2:04 PM

    VICTORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  46. fancyleague says: Jul 25, 2011 2:05 PM

    Yes! Let the flag football season begin!!!!

    Yawn.

  47. rpiotr01 says: Jul 25, 2011 2:06 PM

    SERENITY NOW!!!

  48. comeonnowguys says: Jul 25, 2011 2:06 PM

    Today’s cold water courtesy of @stevo8drum. Couldn’t go eight minutes without complaining?

    Oh right, we’re on the internet. Carry on.

  49. effthenfl says: Jul 25, 2011 2:06 PM

    I’m happy.

  50. gdixon3421 says: Jul 25, 2011 2:07 PM

    Best christmas present ever and it’s only July!!! Finally the day we have all been waiting for!

  51. leftysmoke says: Jul 25, 2011 2:07 PM

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!! We finally MADE IT!

    Here’s to the 2011 NFL season! Best of luck to everyone’s team!

    GO COLTS!!!

  52. gtmann says: Jul 25, 2011 2:07 PM

    THANK GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  53. shieldsisland37 says: Jul 25, 2011 2:07 PM

    ;) atta baby

  54. lostsok says: Jul 25, 2011 2:08 PM

    See…that wasn’t so bad.

  55. hydenja says: Jul 25, 2011 2:08 PM

    Silver Crush is in business baby! GO LIONS!

  56. perno13 says: Jul 25, 2011 2:08 PM

    It’s over! But…. “It’s still not over, but there’s virtually no way at least 50 percent of the players won’t agree.”

    So it’s not over?

  57. walkenrules says: Jul 25, 2011 2:09 PM

    Another round of strawberry for me and my friends!!!!!!!!!!!!

  58. philtvc65 says: Jul 25, 2011 2:09 PM

    Doesn’t Mawae think he’s important !! Glad it’s all over and done with for at least 10 years. It’s been nice in a strange way to talk to all you fans from other teams in our own ‘union’. So good luck to all your teams’ this season, my Skins will need it lol !!!
    Phil

  59. raiduhdude says: Jul 25, 2011 2:09 PM

    Woo hah!

  60. dirtybird70 says: Jul 25, 2011 2:09 PM

    YES!

    It’s God, family and football! And after God, I’m not sure what comes in 2nd!

  61. aintitridiculous says: Jul 25, 2011 2:09 PM

    This is the smartest thing the players have done in 4 months.

  62. galactico18 says: Jul 25, 2011 2:10 PM

    I am never using the word lockout again.

    Lets get ready for some football!!

  63. Deb says: Jul 25, 2011 2:11 PM

    yes yes Yes Yes YES YESYESYES YESSSSSSSSSS!!!!!

    Wow. That was great! :)

  64. scoboscobs says: Jul 25, 2011 2:11 PM

    After everything that’s happened, reading “there’s virtually no way at least 50 percent of the players won’t agree” still has me worrying a little bit that at least 50 percent of the players won’t agree.

  65. deadeye says: Jul 25, 2011 2:11 PM

    YYYYYEEEEESSSSS

    Hip hip hooray!

  66. paintan8 says: Jul 25, 2011 2:11 PM

    “It’s still not over, but there’s virtually no way at least 50 percent of the players won’t agree.”

    You are giving the players WAY too much credit. At LEAST 85% of the players could care less about 1 word written in this agreement. They just want their paychecks or know where the next paycheck is coming from.

  67. beatles1234 says: Jul 25, 2011 2:12 PM

    FOOTBALL IS BACK! YEAH!

    WOO WOO WOO, YOU KNOW IT!

    Zack Ryder is amused! :)

  68. bucwild05 says: Jul 25, 2011 2:12 PM

    Yay! Now we can get back to real football talk! Bring on the Brett Favre not retiring talk again! Favrewatch on ESPN! Whoo hoo. Let me start a rumor… Did you hear Joe Montana is coming back?

  69. bhester1906 says: Jul 25, 2011 2:12 PM

    Honestly what have we missed as fans? No games and free agency goes from one month to a fast tracked week! Now the 3rd party issues r different. I .e. Layoffs Ufda etc.

  70. steel6times says: Jul 25, 2011 2:13 PM

    I have my party hat on and watching old Steeler SB victories. This league is owned.

  71. freedomispopular says: Jul 25, 2011 2:13 PM

    Where’s all the people that pledged to boycott the NFL??

  72. m4carrol says: Jul 25, 2011 2:13 PM

    We get to watch football. But at the same time now I have to look at an ugly John Clayton a couple of times a week. Its a toss up.

  73. carlsbadboltfan says: Jul 25, 2011 2:14 PM

    I can tell my son he’s definitely going to a game.

  74. help me says: Jul 25, 2011 2:14 PM

    It’s Over…. But…

  75. justwinbaby29 says: Jul 25, 2011 2:15 PM

    Where’s the guy who kept posting “No NFL in 2011″? He said it was a lock.

    Another guy said the deal would not be done until the end of September.

    Glad they were wrong :-)

  76. kingmj4891 says: Jul 25, 2011 2:16 PM

    Hallelujah!!!!!!!!!!!

  77. 23chameleons says: Jul 25, 2011 2:16 PM

    “Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor ??!! No … and it’s not over now”.
    – Bluto, Animal House

    Now we get back to the tasks at hand: free agency, fantasy football drafts, hot wings & beer on Sundays.

    Life is M’er F’in GREAT !!

  78. doctorfootball says: Jul 25, 2011 2:16 PM

    It’s great that the lockout is over! Now we have to deal with some SLOPPY football for a month or so. And we also have to deal with injuries and out of shape players. It’s going to be a while before we see the true NFL product on the field.

  79. thephantomstranger says: Jul 25, 2011 2:16 PM

    Deb says:
    Jul 25, 2011 2:11 PM
    yes yes Yes Yes YES YESYESYES YESSSSSSSSSS!!!!!

    Wow. That was great!
    _________________

    I’ll have what she’s having.

  80. goindy2006 says: Jul 25, 2011 2:16 PM

    And he said let there be football… and it was good!!!! Woohoo!

  81. vikesfan4life says: Jul 25, 2011 2:18 PM

    Maybe the greatest headline in PFT history!!!

  82. paul197343 says: Jul 25, 2011 2:20 PM

    Let the fantasy football begin !!!!!!!!!!! HAIL

  83. Rhode Island Patriots Fan says: Jul 25, 2011 2:22 PM

    “32-0 vote by the union leadership. This must mean it’s a bad deal for the owners.”

    @chc4…

    31-0 vote by the owners. This must mean it’s a bad deal for the players. LOL. Seriously, it’s a win for both sides.

  84. vikesfan4life says: Jul 25, 2011 2:23 PM

    The greatest headline in PFT history!

  85. skoobyfl says: Jul 25, 2011 2:24 PM

    Are you ready for some football ???

  86. pastorinisflak says: Jul 25, 2011 2:25 PM

    Now that wasn’t so bad was it?? YES, yes it was.

  87. lenmad3 says: Jul 25, 2011 2:28 PM

    Fans should boycott preseason games!! Do not pay full price to attend preseason games! EVER!!

  88. raven4life21 says: Jul 25, 2011 2:30 PM

    CELEBRATE GOOD TIMES C’MON!!! ::dancing around the office hoping my boss doesn’t see me:::

  89. gregjennings85 says: Jul 25, 2011 2:30 PM

    (panting)

    Looks up…

    Smiles.

  90. gregjennings85 says: Jul 25, 2011 2:31 PM

    vikesfan4life:

    “The greatest headline in PFT history!”

    ______________________________

    Never thought I’d say this to a Vikings fan, but:

    AMEN, BROTHER!

  91. southmo says: Jul 25, 2011 2:31 PM

    Finally.

    And to everyone rooting for the anti-trust suits to go through:

    Bahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  92. tombradysponytail says: Jul 25, 2011 2:36 PM

    thephantomstranger says:
    Jul 25, 2011 2:00 PM
    Waiter, please send over a bottle of your best Dom Deluise.

    _________

    Add romantic comedies to the list, right after show tunes in the list of things that phantom loves. I’m actually kind of surprised to see football in there at all….

  93. mechajaguar says: Jul 25, 2011 2:36 PM

    Time for a party!

  94. schemefactory says: Jul 25, 2011 2:37 PM

    wha? i just w0ke up. what’s been going on lately?

  95. 5280sportsbiz says: Jul 25, 2011 2:43 PM

    Sweet!

  96. thefiesty1 says: Jul 25, 2011 2:45 PM

    Great! Now maybe we’ve heard the last of DeMo!

  97. thephantomstranger says: Jul 25, 2011 2:46 PM

    tombradysponytail says:
    Jul 25, 2011 2:36 PM
    thephantomstranger says:
    Jul 25, 2011 2:00 PM
    Waiter, please send over a bottle of your best Dom Deluise.

    _________

    Add romantic comedies to the list, right after show tunes in the list of things that phantom loves. I’m actually kind of surprised to see football in there at all….
    ____________

    That’s a very obscure reference you noticed. Sounds like you’re the one who loves romantic comedies (not that there’s anything wrong with that). At least I don’t have a ponytail. And now that the NFL is back, I’ll be paying much less attention to the WNBA.

  98. castleanthrax says: Jul 25, 2011 2:48 PM

    Great news on a Monday!

    Now I have more to look forward to for the fall other than leaves changing color.

    Hell Yeah!

  99. jerseydevi1 says: Jul 25, 2011 2:53 PM

    Sorry, maybe I’m just not as big a football fan as the rest of some of you, but what exactly is “back”? They had the draft, right? 1 preseason “game” will be lost, and the real games won’t be impacted. Everyone still plays 16, right?

    The talking heads have still been talking about free agency, and teams have been making plans for 2011.

    Seriously, what ever went away??

  100. maverick5266 says: Jul 25, 2011 3:04 PM

    Pop the cork and smoke your cigar Mike.
    It is so nice to not feel pissed off and angry anymore. It truly is a relief this whole ordeal over. I don’t care who you root for today we are just fans who got our sport back.

    So on that note. I truly hope this is as good a day for you as it is for me.

    See you in September.

    Game on!

  101. realitypolice says: Jul 25, 2011 3:07 PM

    chc4 says:
    Jul 25, 2011 1:58 PM
    32-0 vote by the union leadership. This must mean it’s a bad deal for the owners.
    ========================

    Except that the owners also voted unanimously.

    Well, all of the living ones.

    The next two weeks are going to be inssssssssssssaaaaaaaaannnnnnnneeeeeeeeee!!!
    :-) :-) :-) :-)

  102. ravenspit says: Jul 25, 2011 3:16 PM

    the phantomstranger says: Not so fast! I’ve heard that four independent sources are reporting that the lockout is not over and will continue until September 27! Those sources are stairwayto7, lovesportsandsurfing, nudeman, and purpleman527.

    ******************************************
    This just in: stairwayto7 is so humiliated at his prediction, he changed his name to another weak Steeler name-steel6times

  103. golonger says: Jul 25, 2011 3:22 PM

    I don’t buy it…….IT AIN’T OVER!!

  104. bubbajon46 says: Jul 25, 2011 3:24 PM

    YEEE EFFIN’ HAAA!!!! Finally! The Ego Trips are over and we can get on with some football!

  105. tmaczoozoo says: Jul 25, 2011 3:24 PM

    Yay!

    Although I’m going to miss the pictures you guys post of D-Smith looking like someone put doo-doo in his mouth. :(

  106. ditkastache says: Jul 25, 2011 3:25 PM

    Bear Down, Chicago Bears, Make every play clear the way to victory
    Bear Down, Chicago Bears, put up a fight with a might so fearlessly
    We’ll never forget the way you thrilled the nation, with your t-formation
    Bear Down, Chicago Bears, and let them know why you’re wearing the crown
    You’re the pride and joy of Illinois, Chicago Bears, Bear Down!

  107. tformation says: Jul 25, 2011 3:26 PM

    Thank you baby jeebus.

    Did any one ever say why Al abstained from voting? Was he in the can or something during the vote?

  108. realitypolice says: Jul 25, 2011 3:30 PM

    ravenspit says:

    This just in: stairwayto7 is so humiliated at his prediction, he changed his name to another weak Steeler name-steel6times
    ===================

    This could be fun game- let’s keep track of the postings of new screen names here and try to connect them to screen names that belonged to either:

    a) The chicken little that swore there would be no season this year or;

    b) The person who swore that they were never coming back to football no matter what

    Will any of them have the guts to come on here and admit they were wrong and keep their disgraced screen name? Will any come on here and admit they thought they could walk away but couldn’t?

    Funny.

  109. realitypolice says: Jul 25, 2011 3:35 PM

    scoboscobs says:
    Jul 25, 2011 2:11 PM
    After everything that’s happened, reading “there’s virtually no way at least 50 percent of the players won’t agree” still has me worrying a little bit that at least 50 percent of the players won’t agree.
    ====================

    Don’t be ridiculous.

    Mike Golic- who played for 8 years in the league- just said it perfectly on ESPN. 99% percent of the players in the league won’t read one single word of this agreement.

    They will vote yes because their player rep voted yes.

    End of story.

  110. tombradysponytail says: Jul 25, 2011 3:49 PM

    Deb says:
    Jul 25, 2011 2:11 PM
    yes yes Yes Yes YES YESYESYES YESSSSSSSSSS!!!!!

    Wow. That was great!

    _____________

    Hey phantom, your wife is wondering where you’re at…

  111. shawnclark976 says: Jul 25, 2011 4:39 PM

    didnt read the story dont care, just want to put it out for the bean counters that i a lifetime nfl fan have got so disgusted i sold away my season tickes that have been in my family for almost 30 years this off season at a loss just to do away with any remenats of the nfl in my life, I will never watch another nfl game you rich morons dropped the ball. and you gave me a reason to cancle cable because thats they only reason i had it was sports. to my friends in section 118 of arrowhead stadium you will be loved however the nfl and sadly my chiefs are now hated… thanks a lot guys.

  112. thephantomstranger says: Jul 25, 2011 4:55 PM

    shawnclark976 says:
    Jul 25, 2011 4:39 PM
    didnt read the story dont care, just want to put it out for the bean counters that i a lifetime nfl fan have got so disgusted i sold away my season tickes that have been in my family for almost 30 years this off season at a loss just to do away with any remenats of the nfl in my life, I will never watch another nfl game you rich morons dropped the ball. and you gave me a reason to cancle cable because thats they only reason i had it was sports. to my friends in section 118 of arrowhead stadium you will be loved however the nfl and sadly my chiefs are now hated… thanks a lot guys.
    ________________

    Dude, you are either an idiot or a liar. What did these rich morons do to you? Delayed your enjoyment of free agency and OTAs? If you like football, go out and watch it. You aren’t hurting anybody except yourself.

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