DeMaurice Smith

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, a deal to end the lockout has been agreed upon. ?Sources say that the necessary players vote is considered a formality.

NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith is advising players to vote in favor of the deal. Schefter also indicates that Smith will ?"expedite the remaining issues" before the first pre-season game is to be played in an effort to ensure no more games are lost. ?The NFL has already cancelled the Hall of Fame game.

More good news. ?Seems like this is going to become official tomorrow, and then we can put this mess behind us. Although losing the Hall of Fame Game is a little upsetting, if all goes as planned tomorrow, we'll have made it through this with only minor casualties.

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Yesterday, GFB posted audio from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, as well as thoughts about Goodell's current?stance on the lockout. It's important to note that the players have a?far different take on all of this,?one they don't appear to be backing down from any time soon.

On Friday, DeMaurice Smith, the head of the NFL Players Association, went on WFAN with Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton. Here's one highlight of what he said:

"The players understand the fight that they?re in. Right now they don?t want to lay down and be forced to take a deal. They don?t believe that it?s fair. I can tell you that they resent being lied to. They resent being tricked. They resent the fact that the league has been found now twice to have violated the law. So those are the people that we?re inextricably tied to."
Click here?to listen to the entire interview.
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Formal CBA Negotiations to Begin Saturday in Dallas

from NFL Labor.com.....

NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith and Commissioner Roger Goodell met today in New York to discuss a range of issues related to a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. As part of a process to intensify negotiations, they agreed to hold a formal bargaining session with both negotiating teams on Saturday in the Dallas area. They also agreed to a series of meetings over the next few weeks, both formal bargaining sessions and smaller group meetings, in an effort to reach a new agreement by early March.

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