So the NFL Lockout isn't as close to being over as we thought. It turns out, according to the players, that there are some items in the deal that the owners voted to approve that the players didn't collectively bargain. NFLPA* leadership is on a conference call now discussing the deal.
DeMaurice Smith sent this email to every NFL player earlier tonight:
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.
How big of a deal is this? That depends on who you ask. Some of the players are acting like this is a huge deal, but Adam Schefter just said on ESPN that it shouldn't be anything that is a deal breaker. He expects the deal to be approved by tomorrow.