Last week the owners and league reps came up with a new bargaining deal–31 out of the 32 owners voted for it to be ratified–but just this morning the NFLPA executive board and the 32 team reps unanimously voted to approve all of the terms to the proposed CBA.
The official end to the lockout, however, was not announced until Commissioner Roger Goodell and the head of the NFLPA–DeMaurice Smith–gathered for a special joint press conference to make the announcement earlier today.
Either way, we, as fans and followers of the league and respective teams, are the most thankful that the egos of owners and players alike did not prevent us from losing the entire season due to this prolonged work stoppage. Just one game, the Hall of Fame game which was set to be played August 7 during HOF enshrinement weekend, was cancelled as a result.
With Twitter being blown up with "football is back" tweets and "who will go where" speculation, it's clear that this will be one wild week for the National Football League. Especially when you consider the fact that there have already been talks of a Brett Favre return (big surprise, huh?). This time, the Eagles are the center of attention in Favre talks? Oh, my.
Well, there you have it, a full off-season filled with labor negotiations and speculation on where free agents will land once it has been lifted.
Now, what will happen next?
At this point, anything can happen. Hang in there, it's going to be a roller coast-esque August filled with non-stop football action.
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