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How Monday’s NFLPA* procedure will work

DeMaurice Smith

DeMaurice Smith, Executive Director of the NFLPA, arrives at the NFL Players Association offices in Washington, Wednesday, July 20, 2011. An end to the NFL lockout appears close, with both sides preparing to vote on a proposed deal once it is finalized. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)


With an agreement between the NFL and NFLPA* on the verge of happening, many folks may be wondering exactly how Monday’s events will transpire.

A source with knowledge of the procedure informed Florio of the process, and Florio passed word along to the NYC bureau.

First, the ten antitrust plaintiffs have already agreed to terms of the settlement.

On Monday, the NFLPA* Executive Committee will meet in Washington D.C. to recommend ratification of the settlement. A simple majority is all that’s needed to move the process to the next step.

That next step: The board of player representatives will vote on whether to recommend the agreement. We believe that will take place over the phone. Again, only a simple majority is needed to move the voting along to the rank and file. We suspect the union would probably prefer the votes above be unanimous as a show of unity.

Assuming those steps are taken as expected Monday, players from around the league would then vote on the agreement and whether to recertify as a union when they arrive at team facilities during the week.

That process will start Wednesday, with the hope that there will be enough votes to officially agree to terms by Friday and start free agency over the weekend.