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League, union scheduled to start finalizing CBA tomorrow

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Football is back, but the labor issues of the past five months (or, as the case may be, three years) still aren’t completely resolved.

Albert Breer of NFL Network reports that the league and the recertified union will begin talking about specific noneconomic work issues on Saturday.  Drug testing, benefits, and discipline reportedly are on the agenda.

Despite the open issues, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith told PFT Live on Thursday that he anticipates no problems.  Still, a fight could be looming regarding the question of whether the personal conduct policy will apply retroactively, during the lockout.

As NFLPA spokesman George Atallah told PFT Live earlier in the week, “Something tells me our members are going to tell us to deal with that pretty aggressively.  I’ll just leave it at that.”

It’s likely a matter of time before the two sides get the remaining issues ironed out.  But there’s not unlimited time to make it happen.  The 2011 League Year is due to start by Thursday, August 4.  And the League Year can’t begin until the CBA is finished.

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18 Responses to “League, union scheduled to start finalizing CBA tomorrow”
  1. everydayimfumbilin says: Jul 29, 2011 11:08 PM


  2. arm57romg says: Jul 29, 2011 11:08 PM

    Stop ruining my football buzz.

  3. madrid517 says: Jul 29, 2011 11:10 PM

    In my opinion everyone is happy football is back, and nobody wants to hear anymore of that junk. Let’s leave that legal stuff for the executives and just enjoy out football again.

  4. iamgoodkid says: Jul 29, 2011 11:10 PM

    f*** the NFL!!!!!!!!! THEN GOODBYE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! they could play football without me watching it

  5. msclemons67 says: Jul 29, 2011 11:11 PM

    1) We are done with labor talks

    2) No more pictures of De Smith


  6. iamgoodkid says: Jul 29, 2011 11:12 PM

    college football here i come go georgia!!!!!!!!!!

  7. moneymike23 says: Jul 29, 2011 11:20 PM

    Who cares, please ban CBA stories from now on. Too soon, just too soon.

  8. fatjohnny5454 says: Jul 29, 2011 11:24 PM

    Ahhhhh labor news go away, go away!!

  9. mswravens says: Jul 29, 2011 11:31 PM

    Gee – the free agency “madness” is just overwhelming. I’m headed to bed…

  10. vahawker says: Jul 29, 2011 11:47 PM

    Sure hope DeMoron doesn’t pack up his toys and run away like the first time.

  11. vbe2 says: Jul 30, 2011 12:09 AM

    I never want to see Smith’s image ever again. I’ve had enough of that ugly mug to last a lifetime.

  12. iamgoodkid says: Jul 30, 2011 12:49 AM

    de smith says “i anticipate no problems” yeah i heard that before

  13. iamgoodkid says: Jul 30, 2011 1:14 AM

    1) i am done hearing about labor news

    2) i dont want to hear about this again

    3) let me enjoy football

    4) i want to see these players play

    5) i dont want to hear any more issues on labor

  14. billinlouisiana says: Jul 30, 2011 1:53 AM

    This is something that could not happen until the NFLPA lost it’s asterick. Now they can turn the settleent into an actual CBA by agreeing to the varius policcies and benefits packages. I really hope they league will be allowed to dea with the idiots (Britt, Talib, Ward and and especially Pacman) that thought they were free from league sanctions during the lock out that they truly deserve.

  15. CKL says: Jul 30, 2011 2:30 AM

    FWIW I heard Mort say a couple days ago something to the effect of that even Smith is concerned at the way the NFL is represented by dome of these guys and Mort doesn’t expect Goodell NOT to be the only person who decides or who is appealed to on decisions in discipline.

  16. egls7 says: Jul 30, 2011 3:33 AM

    Please stop with these cba talks. And PLEASE, NOT ANOTHER IMAGE OF DE SMITH

  17. shawnleblancpatsfan says: Jul 30, 2011 6:47 AM

    The league shouldn’t be allowed to apply the personal conduct policy for player actions during the lockout! Players should push back on that one!!!

    But I agree I want this CBA crap talk to stop… been too much fun over the past 3-4 days actually seeing some real football talk!!! As long as that doens’t change, they can do what they need to do to finalize this CBA

  18. madrid517 says: Jul 30, 2011 8:53 AM

    Please remove this story and anyone like it in the future. Thank you.

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