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With a joint press conference,the NFL lockout is officially over; we will finally have football. The press conference came about an hour ago with owners, the commissioner and NFL players union all speaking in front of media in a very calm cordial manner. It is evident that these men know the impact football has and the urgency in which this needed to get done.
The players agreed to a 10 year CBA deal which is the longest in the history of the NFL.
The details that ended the NFL lockout are still coming out at this point, but it is important to know that tomorrow the everyday business of the NFL will officially be in motion. Owners like Robert Kraft is said to have played a large role in the deal being done and the pace at which this was accomplished. Free agency can now begin and players will now know where they will play and although deals can’t be signed, the parameters of deals can take shape.
The deal itself specifically is generous for owners and a good deal for players already in the league. Rookie pay scale has been reduced while the minimum pay for NFL players will increase and continue to do so every year. The deal involves less contact during off season or preseason and more benefits for veterans and injured players as well.
The salary cap will increase to $120 million for all teams and more importantly the team rosters will increase by 10 to allow teams to go up to 80 players; very important for coaches and players.
This was a battle between millionaires that needs to be settled and surprisingly, it was settled pretty quickly. Maybe our political leaders can do the same for the greater good. They realized what was at stake and it took some posturing and savvy public relations, but it is over.
More details on how the NFL lockout ended will come throughout the week but as of right now, all that matters is the gates to stadiums around the league will now be open and remain open for 10 years. Winners and losers aside, NFL football is back and we are all winners for it.