NFL lockout. Injunctions. 8th Circuit. Labor negotiations.
Forget about all of that. The new CBA is officially, completely done, according to multiple reports.
The players and owners agreed to a settlement of the Brady vs. NFL lawsuit last week, which opened up parts of the league year over the last 10 days, but still had minor details to cover in the CBA.
On Thursday afternoon, they finalized those, the players voted and they approved. We officially have labor peace for the next 10 years in the NFL.
One major note is that the new CBA is that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell retains much of his power over the personal conduct policy. The players wanted a separate party to determine wrongdoing and discipline. Another tidbit is that it's believed HGH testing will be implemented.
Those are just details for now. The real point is that football is officially back.
The official ratification of the CBA also means that those free agents that haven't yet been allowed to practice can step onto the field. As of Thursday afternoon, many free agents were waiting on the sidelines waiting for the ratification of the CBA so they could start practicing.