Sources from every corner of the NFL are saying the players will not vote on a deal to end the months old lockout. Representatives for all 32 NFL teams were in Washington DC on Wednesday, and according to Jason LaCanfora of NFL.com, player reps. took a conditional vote with stipulations as to what they’d ultimately agree to, but no official vote. Some player reps. have already left the meetings but a final vote could occur via teleconference tomorrow according to sources.
Alex Marvez of FOXsports tweeted that part of the reason for delaying the vote was the large volume of CBA material that must be reviewed. According to other sources, the TV rights fee lawsuit before Judge David Doty, settlement of the lawsuit brought against the league by ten players including quarterbacks Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and former Aggie Von Miller, and Workers Compensation issues are among the final negotiation points to finalize between owners and player representatives.
On the good news front, Jeff Pash, lead negotiator for the NFL believes that both players and owners will vote on a new collective bargaining agreement on Thursday, with a new deal in place shortly thereafter. If that’s the case, the only game – exhibition or otherwise, in danger would be the Hall of Fame game between the Bears and Rams scheduled for Sunday August 7.