If We Told You One Team Jumped The Gun And Told Their Fans The Lockout Was Over, Which Team Would You Guess It Was?
Yesterday, the NFL's owners voted to ratify a 10-year proposal that would effectively end the lockout. All that remains between the fans and an actual season of football is a player vote.
But what appears on the outside to be an end to our long national nightmare is in fact a power play: the owners gave the players until Tuesday to vote on an agreement they had not yet seen, thus putting the pressure on the league's 32 player reps to digest months of dense legal material (all of which has heavy implications on every pro football player for the next decade) in a matter of days. The players were not happy, and it would appear that we still have some distance to go before the lockout is officially over.
Luckily, in the alternate universe in which the Cincinnati Bengals organization exists, the lockout is over already. Hooray!
An email that the team sent out to their season ticket holders begins like this:
You Ready for Some Football?
We are excited to let you know that the NFL has reached a new Collective Bargaining Agreement that allows the entire NFL season to be played this year.
The NFL is the most popular sport in America. Our games are intense, unifying and meaningful to fans in the stadium and to those watching at home. We are thrilled to have a labor deal in place that will provide fans with a decade of certainty and that will allow us to focus all our energies where they ought to be — on the playing field. The upcoming 2011 season will surely be exciting, and football work will begin shortly. Our coaches will begin meeting with players, and the Club will welcome back talented veterans along with exciting rookies from the April NFL Draft, like top picks A.J. Green and Andy Dalton. Whether all of that will take place in Cincinnati or Georgetown, Kentucky, will be decided shortly once we receive the NFL's operating schedule.
Oh, to be in Bengalland right now, where Andy Dalton is throwing touchdown passes to AJ Green, and the NFLPA is skipping through a meadow with the owners, celebrating their brand new collective bargaining agreement.
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