For once it would appear as if we have some actual signs of the demise of the 2011 NFL Lockout. Not another one of those premature speculations that somehow becomes a news piece. But an actual bit of news that signals an end to labor unrest in the very near future.
Last week’s landslide vote by the owners gave way to this weekend’s review by the union formerly and soon again to be known as the NFLPA. This morning an ESPN report surfaced stating that the players are poised to vote on Monday. A “major” press conference is said to be in the works for tomorrow as well.
I’ve done my best to stay away from talking too much about the lockout during this now 130 day long work stoppage. Save for the occasional rant JBB has been a laying low, ignoring the majority of the pointless reports and updates.
This is much different though. This is the moment that the business of football finally takes a backseat giving way for the actual sport…hopefully.
I’m not going to celebrate nor should any of the teams and players as there is much work to be done. However it is with great relief that I author this post.
For the record I was more than prepared to go an entire year without football. As much as I love my Raiders their existence does not validate mine. Still, it is comforting to know my Sunday routine will continue as it has for many years now and hopefully will carry on for many more.
But before taking a victory lap there still needs to be a majority vote by the players on the currently proposed deal. Then the union must recertify. Then the free agency frenzy begins.
Whatever the point of all this languishing labor strife has been I hope it is all for the good of the game. But once again I’m talking as if this is all a formality.
So before I begin to wax poetic on the lockout that was, allow me to stop right now and await the official word which hopefully will come within the next 24 hours.