The legal fight between the NFL and its players is officially over.
The NFL’s first work stoppage since 1987 is now over after player reps for all 32 teams voted unanimously to approve the new collective bargaining agreement.
A new collective bargaining agreement to end the NFL lockout has been agreed upon, according to a report from CBSSports.com’s Mike Freeman.
NFL Players Association president Kevin Mawae says his group’s leadership is discussing the terms of “the most recent written proposal” from owners, but will not make any more announcements on Friday out of respect to the Kraft family.
NFL owners have voted in favor of a tentative agreement to end the lockout, pending player approval.
NFL owners met Thursday to discuss — and possibly vote on — a tentative deal to end the lockout that began in March.
NFL players passed on any vote on the new labor deal Wednesday, even though representatives of each of the 32 teams and the NFL Players Association’s executive committee were in Washington for that purpose.
NFL Players Association president Kevin Mawae says his group is “not tied” to a Thursday deadline for getting a deal done to end the league’s lockout.
Hall of Fame defensive end Carl Eller and lawyers for retired NFL players joined labor talks with representatives of owners and current players Tuesday as signs mounted that the league’s lockout might almost be over.
Two people familiar with talks to end the NFL lockout tell The Associated Press that if an agreement is ratified by Thursday, team executives will be briefed starting that day on how the deal’s terms affect league business.