As I mentioned earlier tonight on Twitter, we held off on our “football is back” post because, there was never a deal. Yes, if you’ve been following the news cycle you did notice the fact that the owners voted to ratify an agreement, but that’s only half the battle. The NFL players must now vote to ratify and that’s not necessarily a given.
Here’s the breakdown of what happened. The players and owners are close, but still not there. Nobody is going to come right now and say it on the NFL side, but today’s decision to go ahead with the vote ahead of the players was a power move on the part of the owners. Now, the NFL players will be vilified if they fail to agree to the deal, even despite the fact the owners voted on a resolution that included a supplemental revenue sharing clause that was never negotiated.
On the players’ side, issues remain in several areas. DeMaurice Smith wasn’t hesitant to point that out in an email to NFL players earlier today. Aside from the unexpected supplemental revenue sharing point, the players also have other issues left to resolve before they feel a deal can be finalized. Amongst those issues is whether or not the union itself should re-certify. Right now, this thing isn’t over. The players aren’t on board. And until you see a deal finalized and De Smith and Roger Goodell shaking hands, don’t believe this lockout is over. It’s not.