The 2011-12 NFL season can now commence. Player reps have unanimously agreed to accept the ratified collective bargaining agreement set forth by the league’s owners. The lockout is over.
NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith and Commissioner Roger Goodell held a press conference today to announce the good news.
From USA Today, details of the new 10-year CBA include the following:
Player health and safety
Offseason programs reduced by five weeks with OTAs cut from 14 per team to 10. Limited practice time and contact, limited full-contact practices and more days off for players.
Players can remain in medical plan for life.
Regular season limited to 16 games through 2012 season.
$50 million annually earmarked for medical research and healthcare programs.
$900 million to $1 billion earmarked for retired player benefits over the next decade with $620 million ticketed for pre-1993 retirees.
Players unrestricted after four accrued seasons.
Drafted players get four-year deals (with club option for fifth year on first rounders), undrafted players get three-year deals.
Each rookie class is allotted a maximum “total compensation” package.
“Strong anti-holdout rules.”
Funds previously allotted to rookie pool reallocated to veterans and retirees.
$120.4 million in 2011 and clubs must utilize 99% of space.
There are certain reasons why fans love the game of football and the following videos should make it very clear….
See what I mean? This game is so incredible, so emotional, so AWESOME.
Now, which day is my first fantasy football draft?