It seems an agreement that would end the NFL lockout is getting close. Lawyers for the NFL Players Association and the league are meeting at a Manhattan law firm to try to work out an agreement to end the four-month lockout. The court-appointed mediator, U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan, is expected to arrive in New York City later Monday to oversee talks aimed at ending the NFL’s first work stoppage since 1987.
The owners have a special meeting set for Thursday in Atlanta, where they potentially could ratify a new deal — if one is reached by then. Any agreement also must be voted on by groups of players, including the named plaintiffs in a federal antitrust suit against the league, and the NFL Players Association’s 32 team representatives. More than four months into the lockout, owners and players have made significant progress on the framework of an agreement. But re-establishing the union and figuring out what it will take for nine NFL players — including star quarterbacks Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees — to settle that antitrust suit are among key issues blocking a deal to end the lockout. For more information regarding the NFL lockout check out the full article at CBS.com or by clicking here.
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