It looks like the players are ready to ratify the labor agreement today.
According to the agreement:
NFL The league’s timeline to kick off free agency and training camps has been adjusted, according to a high-ranking source. The procession of events, which awaited an NFL Players Association approval:
• Monday: Teams can sign their own free agents and begin talking with other unrestricted free agents. Teams can also begin talking trades. Any trades would become official Saturday.
• Tuesday: Teams can begin signing unrestricted free agents at noon ET but those contracts would not take effect until next Tuesday.
• Wednesday: Ten teams would report to training camps, begining a staggered schedule.
• Thursday: Ten more teams would report to training camps.
• Friday: Ten more teams would report to training camps.
• Sunday: The Jets and Texans would be the last two teams to report.
The basic financial terms of the agreement include:
That included how the more than $9 billion in annual league revenues will be divided (about 53 percent to owners and 47 percent to players over the next decade; the old CBA resulted in nearly a 50-50 split); a per-club cap of about $120 million for salary and bonuses in 2011 — and at least that in 2012 and 2013 — plus about $22 million for benefits; a salary system to rein in spending on first-round draft picks; and unrestricted free agency for most players after four seasons.
One thing that has never been included in all the discussions since the lockout began was the fans. What stake do the fans have in the fight between the millionaire players and the billionaire owners? $6.5 BILLION reasons it seems:
“Thirty-one of the 32 NFL stadiums have received direct public subsidies. Ten of those have been publicly financed and at least 19 are 75% publicly financed. All told, we’ve kicked in over $6.5 billion on NFL stadiums.”
An interesting site for more information is here.
That all being said: Go Bears!