NFL Owners Approve New Labor Deal In Atlanta Meetings; Players Yet To Vote

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NFL Lockout Halfway Over After Owners Vote To Approve Labor Deal

NFL owners in Atlanta have voted 31-0 to approve a deal that will end the lockout -- if players likewise agree to approve. The one abstaining vote? Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis. I don't know. Let him roam.

The players have a conference call at 8 pm ET. It will be up to players to decide whether to reform the NFLPA union and whether to accept the new collective bargaining agreement. The former will involve every player, while the latter will be up to each team's player rep -- the Falcons are represented by Tyson Clabo. Things could end later tonight, or it could drag on into the weekend.

A few unresolved issues remain, along with some lawyerly stuff. But this is very good news. Looks like a Chick-fil-A dinner was all this thing needed all along.

Visit SB Nation's NFL hub for more NFL lockout news. Join The Falcoholic for more on the Atlanta Falcons.

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NFL Lockout Schedule: How Will The Next Week Play Out?

As NFL lockout negotiations shift to Atlanta, let's take a quick look at what we're likely to see taking place. 

The NFLPA is expected to vote on a new deal Wednesday, followed by owners doing the same on Thursday. There are still loose ends to tie up, but as local sports fans observed during the great Atlanta Thrashers relocation, loose ends are rarely enough to do enough damage to derail something this big. That was three mixed metaphors, if you're tracking.

But what happens after a deal is done?

On Friday, the league should be open for business, if all goes well. Free agency likely won't begin until late next week, following a 72-hour period during which teams will have a chance to very quickly re-sign as many of their current players as they'd like to hang on to. For the Atlanta Falcons, this will primarily center on the offensive line, but you can review the rest of the list here.

Speaking of the Falcons, Roddy White has revealed teams want players on campuses (campi) by Monday or Tuesday, though some teams have reportedly made it known they plan on bringing in players by Saturday. Saturday! Pro football on Saturday!

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NFL Lockout: Players Union Decertifies, Two Sides Now Headed To Court

After today, an NFL lockout is — unfortunately — even closer to happening as the Players Association has elected to decertify the union after they couldn’t agree on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The NFL Players Association released the following statement around 5 p.m. on Friday evening after earlier in the day issuing an ultimatum that asked for ten years worth of audited financial statements from the owners.

The NFL Players Association announced today it has informed the NFL, NFL clubs and other necessary parties that it has renounced its status as the exclusive collective bargaining representative of the players of the National Football League.

The NFLPA will move forward as a professional trade association with the mission of supporting the interests and rights of current and former professional football players.

According to Sports Illustrated, the move is expected to transfer the labor impasse from the bargaining room to the court room. The owners previously said they would lock out the players if the sides failed to come to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement before Friday’s midnight deadline.

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