Owners Meeting Ends; Could the End of the Lockout Be In Sight?

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MAY 17: NFL owners Mike Brown of the Cincinnati Bengals and Jerry Richardson of the Carolina Panthers arrive for court ordered mediation at the U.S. Courthouse on May 17, 2011 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As the NFL lockout remains in place mediation was ordered after a hearing on an antitrust lawsuit filed by NFL players against the NFL owners after labor talks between the two broke down in March. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Have you ever seen Deadliest Warrior on Spike? If you have then you probably feel the same way I do about it; you love it and hate it at the same time. If you've never seen it, let me break it down for you.

A few computer geeks pit history's greatest warriors, that existed in different times and places, against each other. They do this by having people somehow related to these warriors chop through silicon dummies and pig carcasses with authentic weapons and then, with a computer program and some really bad actors, show what would happen when Al Capone's gang fought against Jesse James or when a ninja fights against a Spartan Warrior.

It is completely inaccurate and completely stupid. It's also balls to the wall awesome.

You know what else is completely stupid and balls to the wall awesome? The NFL Lockout and the fact that it seems to be coming to an end.

The NFL owners just wrapped up their meeting in Chicago in which they discussed a new deal that they could possibly offer to the players association.

Here's the possible deal that was pitched to the owners on Tuesday:

According to ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen, the following points are what the NFL owners could be prepared to offer to the players very soon.

 

  • Players would get 48 percent of all revenue without an extra $1-billion-plus off top that previously had been requested by the owners
  • Players share of the overall revenue will never go below 46.5 percent
  • Teams would be required to spend 90-93 percent of their salary cap each year
  • There will be a rookie wage scale but the details are still being "tweaked"
  • Players would only need four years to reach unrestricted free agent status and some tags would be retained
  • An 18-game season is a negotiable item and there is nothing about it in the current deal
  • There will be a new 16-game Thursday night TV package beginning in 2012
  • Owners will still get expense credits that will allow them to plan for things like new stadiums
  • Retirees will get improved health care and pension benefits based on the projection that revenue will increase to $18 million by 2016

 

It's possible that this deal, or one like it, could be offered to the players when the two sides get together again on Wednesday and Thursday, led by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith and under the supervision of Judge Arthur Boylan.

Hopefully the owners and players can come to a new deal now that there seems to be some momentum in that direction. If there is any sort of break down in negotiation now, the lockout could extend through July and even into August, where it would threaten minicamp and the preseason. 

Jim Irsay, the Indianapolis Colts owner, is anxious to get a deal done. Hopefully the rest of the NFL team owners' feelings mirror his.

"This is the season to get a deal," Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay said before entering the conference room where representatives from all 32 teams were being updated by Goodell and his negotiating committee. "I think the logic that you're pushing on both sides is saying why get a deal Oct. 1, or whenever, when you could have had July 7, or whatever."

This could be the last time we have to go through this too. According to ESPN's John Clayton, the players would be willing to agree to a 10-year CBA, so it could be at least until 2021 before we have to deal with anything like this again. 

Let's hope that the two sides agree on this deal, or at least a variation of this deal so we can get back to normal. I think we're all tired of the lockout.

When July rolls around, I hope the NFL doesn't force me to watch the new season of Deadliest Warrior instead of going to Georgetown College to watch minicamp.

Who am I kidding, I'll do both.

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