COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (CBS) — The tentative agreement ratified only by NFL owners is “infuriating and insulting” to the players who remain locked out, says Pro Football Weekly and 670-The Score’s Hub Arkush.
On Thursday, team owners voted in favor of a tentative agreement to end the lockout. Thursday’s ratification came after a full day of meetings at an Atlanta-area hotel, where team executives pored over the terms of the deal.
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Players have not signed off on the deal. They didn’t vote on a full pact Wednesday because there were issues that had not been resolved.
And Arkush says the deal is tantamount to the owners making a deal with themselves, and telling the players to take it or leave it.
“They’ve said, ‘This is the deal as far as we’re concerned. We don’t really care that the players haven’t accepted it yet. We’re going to ratify it, and we’re planning on starting business,” he said.
Arkush said players are angry about the situation, given that player representatives say they don’t even know what’s in the deal.
““It’s just kind of bizarre, and it’s the ultimate arrogance and greed of the owners again,” he said.
The situation boils down to player reps and players having no idea what is in an agreement that the owners have already ratified, Arkush says.
“That’s about as absurd as any labor negotiation I’ve ever heard,” he said.