Goodell, Smith sign new CBA

AP

It didn’t quite have the grandeur of a White House Rose Garden ceremony, but NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL Players Association Executive Director met in front of the Pro Football Hall of Fame today and signed the league’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

“It’s a great day for our fans,” Smith said on NFL Network afterward. “Any time you can be in a place like Canton and be surrounded by the men who made our game great, and to do it on a day where we’re celebrating the signing of a Collective Bargaining Agreement is special.”

Goodell said his feeling at signing the new CBA was, “relief.”

“We know how much the game means to our fans,” Goodell said. “People want football and football is back.”

Today’s signing officially allows the NFL’s owners and players to put all of this year’s unpleasantness behind them, and it ensures that the NFL will have 10 years of labor peace. That’s the part NFL fans should really celebrate: We won’t be talking about negotiations and mediations and ratifications and decertifications for the next 10 years.

We’ll be talking about football.