Fooch's Note: Site decorum is off for tonight.
The NFL owners voted earlier today to ratify a global settlement that would end the current NFL lockout. The NFL sent out a press release with a rundown of a tentative calendar for the coming league year. Beyond that we know nothing else. The extent of our knowledge of the current situation is what the media has reported and a look through twitter feeds reveals a host of contradictory tweets.
What does all that mean? Well the players claim things were slipped in to the deal on the owners side without bargaining and the owners seem to think they negotiated what needed to be negotiated and approved the deal. The general feeling on players twitter accounts is a sense of frustration with this. The owners have been speaking with the media but don't seem to be fully acknowledging this issue. Somebody in all this is either being left in the dark or is trying to pull a fast one, but it's hard to tell for certain.
At this point the players are still on their conference call but apparently haven't voted yet. We can make a whole host of conclusions, and people are more than welcome to in the comments. For now I'm going to wait and see what comes from all this. If the owners are pulling a fast one then we could have a setback. HOWEVER, it is also possible this is a simple miscommunication or misunderstanding between the two sides.
Greg Aiello just appeared on NFL Network and he acknowledged things did need to be negotiated such as drug testing, which happens once the union is reconstituted. There seem to still be issues with the timeline of reforming the union. Beyond that, there's a lot of information floating out there and we don't really have a good sense of what is accurate at this point. It's the ultimate he said, she said.
Welcome to insanity.