Where NFL-NFLPA labor fight stands: CBA finally ratified (August 4)

The NFL Players Associated ratified the Collective Bargaining Agreement with the NFL late Thursday afternoon in a vote of the individual team NFLPA representatives via phone conference.

According to NFL Senior VP of Public Relations Greg Aiello (@GregAiello) in a Tweet:

Our office was notified at 4:54 pm ET that the players have ratified the new 10-year CBA.

George Atallah (@GeorgeAtallah), the NFLPA’s Assistant Executive Director, confirmed the players’ vote a few minutes later via Twitter:

10 Year CBA. Done. Congratulations players, owners and fans. Let’s play football.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (@NFLCommish) joined the Twitter parade with this statment:

Congrats to our players & teams and thank you fans for your patience. The NFL will be better than ever #backtofootball

His adversary for past several months, and now partner again, NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith (@DeSmithNFLPA) said on the social network:

Thanks to Roger Goodell and the owners for their commitment to getting this done. Our players and our fans #winning today. Let us play

Andrew Brandt (@adbrandt), a former NFL executive with the Green Bay Packers who now writes for NationalFootballPost.com and ESPN.com, expressed his relief via Twitter:

Yes, lots of labor pains and a long delivery but the NFL CBAby has finally arrived.

The NFL’s official labor site, NFLLabor.com had this posted late Thursday afternoon:

With today’s formal ratification by players of a new 10-year CBA, the time has come for NFLlabor.com to sign off. … Otherwise, after 600+ NFL labor posts we bid you adieu for the next decade and are excited to get back to football. … As Terrell Owens would say, “Get your popcorn ready!”

In fact, the site has already been branded as NFL Communications, while the NFLLabor Twitter handle has been changed to @NFL345 (the league’s soon-to-be new address – 345 Park Avenue in New York City).

Goodell and Smith will sign the CBA agreement in an unique place on Friday — the Pro Football Hall of Fame — according to NFL VP of Corporate Communications Brian McCarthy (@NFLPRGuy) (via Twitter):

official #NFL CBA signing tmrw 11a ET on steps of @profootballhof w/ @nflcommish & De Smith

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