And just when you thought it was time to celebrate the end of the lockout, a tidal wave of cold water has been thrown on any optimism of a lockout ending tonight. According to Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated, NFLPA leader DeMaurice Smith has sent out an email to all NFL players saying they will not be voting on the new deal, because of a series of items they do not approve.
The NFLPA sent the email to SB Nation and other media outlets. It is as follows:
As you know the Owners have ratified their proposal to settle our differences. It is my understanding that they are forwarding it to us.
As you may have heard, they apparently approved a supplemental revenue sharing proposal. Obviously, we have not been a part of those discussions.
As you know from yesterday, issues that need to be collectively bargained remain open, other issues such as workers compensation, economic issues and end of deal terms remain unresolved.
There is no agreement between the NFL and the Players at this time. I look forward to our call tonight.
And with that, the players will enter their conference call tonight with plenty of pressure to get a deal done. That being said, they have made it known that they will not be forced to sign something they don't like.
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