NFL Likely Avoids Lockout as NFLPA Sends Proposed CBA to Full Membership Vote

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) and Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf pose after the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at U.S. Bank Stadium last Sunday. Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Believe it or not, many thought the NFL was on a collision course with disaster. Labor dispute lockouts have ruined both the MLB and NHL in the past and it was getting dangerously close to knocking on the NFL, to start the new league year at the end of March.

If this latest CBA didn’t get approved by the players association today, or get sent to a vote by the full membership, then that’s exactly what was about to happen. Then you have Richard Sherman and JJ Watt tweeting about how terrible the new offer was, right after it was released…

…it wasn’t a good look.

But, at the end of the day, Richard and JJ have a lot more money than guys who are just trying to make rosters. Fringe players need to put a little money in the bank over the next few years, while they get their adult life rolling forward for when football is over.

Guys like that can’t afford to take a season off due to a lockout. That’s also why we are almost guaranteed to have avoided a lockout, now that the vote will go to all 2000+ players in the association, instead of being voted on by the player representatives.

Top players could afford to holdout but there is too much pressure coming from their peers. The owners have too much stability and togetherness while the players are constantly disagreeing on what they want.

At the end of the day though….. I’m just glad syringes of Sunday football will still be lying around throughout the week, come September.

Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan

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