Be optimistic people! Cautiously though, as we near the possible end of this lockout I think it’s time for an obligatory look back at how we wound up here in the first place. So let’s hop into the DeLorean and go back to when this all started, because hindsight is entirely in 20/20.
I actually put this in chronological order and over simplified it a ton.
2006: The current Collective Bargaining Agreement(CBA) gets extended two years.
2008: The owners vote not to extend the current CBA following the 2010 season. In that CBA 57% of the $9 billion of revenue went to the players. The owners also opted of the CBA because of revenue sharing. Teams that were earning more money didn’t want to share with teams earning less. The teams that are earning more have greater expenses as well and are not necessarily making a greater profit.
Fall 2010: Players vote to decertify the union in order to set up the owners for anti- trust lawsuits.
March 3, 2011: CBA is set to expire, but the two sides agree to extend the CBA a week for further negotiations.
March 11, 2011: CBA expires. This is the last day of sanity.
March 12, 2011: Tom Brady v. NFL lawsuit is filed. Players whose names were represented were Tom Brady(obviously), Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, and Von Miller.
April 25, 2011: Judge Susan Nelson ruled that the lockout was invalid and that the league should continue operations.
April 29, 2011: The Eight Circuit Court of Appeals granted the league a temporary stay of Judge Nelson’s ruling. The league reinstates the lockout on day 2 of the NFL draft.
July 5, 2011: A group of retired players including, but certainly not limited to Franco Harris, Carl Eller, Marcus Allen, and Paul Krause filed a class action law suit against both the NFL and the NFLPA. They believe that since the players union has decertified they shouldn’t be able to represent retired NFL players.
July 6, 2011(a.k.a this very moment): According to many experts, the negotiations are past the fragile egg stage and moving to the more cooked stage. It’s more solid now than before, but it’s not quite done yet. Any day now.