NFLPA Casts First Vote to Save Season on Monday
The Hall of Game, set for August 7th, between the Chicago Bears and the St Louis Rams is lost for this season. However, the rest of the season can be saved by the NFL Players Association as soon as this Monday.
Last Thursday, the NFL owners approved a new 10 year collective bargaining agreement. The NFL players responded with a request for more time to review the proposed collective bargaining agreement before they vote. The NFL Players Association last met with officials representing the league this past Saturday in an effort to understand this comprehensive agreement. ESPN has reported that the Players Association plans to hold a major news conference on Monday.
The first vote to save the season and accept the new agreement is soon to be cast by the executive committee for the NFL Players Association. If successful, then a second vote will be cast by player representatives from each NFL team. And if that second vote is successful, then a third vote will be cast by the entire union. So, if the NFL Players Association votes in favor of this new agreement all three times, then they will vote one last time to re-certify as a union.
If this all happens by Saturday, then free agency will follow thereafter with the rest of the season saved for the fans. If this doesn't happen, then the fans of the NFL will all sing ”na na na na hey hey hey goodbye” to the 2011 NFL season.