Major breakthroughs in Saturday's discussions between NFL owners and players has set up a timetable for both sides to resolve their 130-day labor dispute, sources said.
Owners tentatively agreed Saturday to a players-recommended plan for the NFL Players Association to bring players into team facilities starting as early as Wednesday to physically vote on whether to recertify the current trade association as a union, a source said. Progress in other talks with the owners has put the players' 11-member executive committee in a position to have a vote Monday to recommend accepting the 10-year collective bargaining agreement.
Following this report, Adam Schefter posted this on his Twitter account:
Welcome back, football.
Which was shortly followed by this from Chris Mortensen:
I'm talking football!!!!
I'm not ready to say anything other than ESPN sure seems to think the lockout is almost over.
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