Washington, DC - The NFL labour dispute could finally come to an end on Monday, as various reports indicate that the executive committee of the decertified union could vote on the proposed collective bargaining agreement.
According to the NFL Network, the NFLPA's executive committee is expected to meet Monday after talks with the league on Saturday helped iron out some of the finer points in the deal.
ESPN has reported that the NFLPA has planned for a major news conference on Monday. The network said once the executive committee votes to recommend its approval of the 10-year CBA, player reps from each team will vote with a full ballot from the entire union to follow in the coming days.
If the players finally vote in favor of the comprehensive agreement, a vote to recertify as a union would take place and free agency could begin — likely as soon as Saturday, according to ESPN.
Owners approved the new CBA on Thursday, but the players said they needed time to review the finished proposal before a vote and on Friday said they would make no announcements because of the funeral for the wife of Patriots owner Robert Kraft.
There has been one casualty of the ongoing and lengthy process, as the NFL had to cancel the Hall of Fame Game on August 7 between the Chicago Bears and St. Louis Rams.
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