NFL owners overwhelmingly approved a tentative agreement Thursday that would end the lockout, provided that players re-establish their union and sign off on the proposal. But the players didn’t vote, leaving the country’s most popular sport in limbo for at least another day.
Union chief Billy Hunter says “it’s obvious the lockout will happen tonight” after players and owners failed to reach a new collective bargaining agreement, potentially putting the 2011-12 season in jeopardy.
Two people familiar with the situation tell The Associated Press that negotiating teams for NFL owners and players are in Minneapolis and expected to resume talks aimed at ending a lockout now in its fourth month.
Minnesota head coach Leslie Frazier says Vikings coaches stand firmly behind their owners in the NFL labor dispute and were not consulted before the NFL Coaches Association filed a brief supporting the players.
Its players again barred from coming to work, the NFL told a federal appeals court Monday it believes the appeal over whether the lockout is legal can “readily be resolved” during the offseason.
The NFL and the players’ union were in a holding pattern Tuesday, the day after a federal judge ended a 45-day lockout.
After seven weeks of bitter back and forth, failed talks and growing uncertainty about the 2011 season, a federal judge has ordered an immediate end to the NFL lockout.
The NFL and its locked-out players wrapped up their fourth day of court-ordered talks Wednesday with few signs of progress and no plans to meet again until mid-May.
A seven-day disabled list for concussions wouldn’t have done Aaron Hill much good when the Toronto Blue Jays second baseman missed the final four months of 2008 with the injury.
With Thanksgiving just a few days away, a host of Minnesota Vikings hit the community to help families in need prepare for a holiday meal.
Six coaches punished for incident that resulted in four players being kicked off team.