As we've previously explained, there are currently two issues at hand with the NFL lockout negotiations between the owners and players.
First, there needs to be a settlement to end the lawsuits -- both the antitrust (Brady vs. NFL) and the TV contracts case. That's the vote that we hope is going down today.
Second, the next CBA needs to be finalized.
However, the players and owners can't finish a new CBA until the settlement is approved and the players re-constitute themselves as a union. It's that reconstitution of the union that could be holding things up. ESPN previously reported there would be a "global settlement" but it may not be that easy.
How long will it take for the players to re-unionize?
Depends on who you ask. Some argue it could be done in a day and others say it could be a couple of weeks.
If it does take a couple of weeks, then it makes you wonder if the owners would re-open the doors while the players go through the process of reconstituting themselves as a union.
It may happen today, it may happen in two weeks but, in the big picture, it appears we're on our way to ending this thing.