NFL in town today, bracing for big labor meeting

Falcons owner Arthur Blank and the rest of the league owners will be in town to possibly vote to end the league's lockout tomorrow. (Curtis Compton/

Falcons owner Arthur Blank and the rest of the league owners will be in town to possibly vote to end the league's lockout tomorrow. (Curtis Compton/

The NFL is holding a smaller committee meeting today at a hotel near Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

The meeting in a precursor to Thursday’s special meeting. There is one item on the agenda for the special league meeting and a press conference is scheduled.

If the players approve a new collective bargaining agreement today in Washington, D.C., the  league’s owners are setting up to vote on ending the lockout. The owners will need 24 of 32 votes to end the lockout.

If all of the votes line up, the league’s worst labor situation since 1987 will be averted. The league locked the players out on March 11, touching off a legal battle that reached the 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, one level away from the U.S. Supreme Court.

Some of the key topics at the Atlanta meeting will include the league’s business calendar, free agency, rookie salary system and rules and regulations for player transactions.

The Falcons are set to handle their 11 free agents, then jump into the free agency market for a defensive end, sign the drafted rookies and then add a group of undrafted rookie free agents.

Falcons Pro Bowl wide receiver Roddy White said on a national television appearance on Tuesday that the players were expecting to report next Tuesday.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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27 comments Add your comment


July 20th, 2011
12:25 pm

Why are there meetings in different cities everyday?
Are these not the same people negotiating at every meeting?
Will it make a difference if it gets done in NY or Birmingham?
Can’t wait to get my tickets to that meeting in Spokane!!
Are they wasting more money in time and travel then they want in negotiations?
Nobody gives a crap what city they get it done in. This isn’t a chamber ad for any particular city.
Lock ‘em in a room in NY until it’s done.
They have phones and faxes and e-mails and video conferencing to get all the info out to respective places.


July 20th, 2011
12:28 pm

Sounds like too many indians and not enough chiefs at these things.

Hey D. Led

July 20th, 2011
12:34 pm

Nice bow tie… fashion statement….kinda like Larry King and his suspenders….you, Rodney Ho and his hat go to same mens store?!


July 20th, 2011
12:35 pm

Looks like the NFL is getting ready to start the count down clock to the next merciless beating of the falcan’ts, this time at the paws of da bears! GEAUX SAINTS!


July 20th, 2011
12:48 pm

Get ‘er done boys!!!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

July 20th, 2011
12:59 pm

Hey D. Led — Thanks for the kind words about my bow tie. I don’t know where the Rodney kid shops at. Doubt that we go to the same place though.

Tyrus Aintkiller

July 20th, 2011
1:16 pm

“The Atlanta Plan” = Atlanta Falcons Superbowl XLVI Champions

Hey D. Led

July 20th, 2011
1:21 pm

Your welcome, it was a compliment. Rodney Ho is guy that does TV/radio blog for your AJC. Check out the hat. Your tie looks better on you than his hat on him, though. Think he wants to be a Rat Pack guy. He should have left that to Frank and the boys.
Keep up the good work.

good old joe

July 20th, 2011
1:22 pm


Too many Roman numerals

July 20th, 2011
1:29 pm

I need my numeral to year translation manual for all these SB’s now.
Was genious for the NFL to do that, though.


July 20th, 2011
1:34 pm

@? – It’s not the same people meeting every day. The meetings in Atlanta were scheduled long ago as a general owners meeting for all 32 owners. Only a handful of owners have been present at each of the negotiating sessions and CBA discussions. Just like there haven’t been 1900 players at each of those meetings either.

Falcon fan since prime

July 20th, 2011
1:35 pm

I think the birds should go after cromartie in free agency and put Brent grimes at nickel

Jimmy Crack

July 20th, 2011
1:45 pm

Week One:

Falcons 61, Bears 60.

Packers 45, Saints 7.


July 20th, 2011
2:30 pm


Come on Man

July 20th, 2011
2:39 pm

Will any of this really change your life? No! Why do we care so much? No fans; no sport. We make it work. When are we gonna ask for our cut? This is such a joke.


July 20th, 2011
3:46 pm

It is amazing what gets done as the season approaches doesn’t it!!!

The Bruhs

July 20th, 2011
4:11 pm

BW, methinks you’re a cat bruh! 6 inches!


July 20th, 2011
5:05 pm

@ Seen this B4
Please go find a Saints blog and spew your trash there. Your act is getting old and no one gives a $#^% what you and your stinking Saints do. Get a life or go to hell…either way is fine with me.

Leonard Pickens

July 20th, 2011
5:30 pm

Thank God if they can get the season started. With all the financial issues of the country, and the wars all over the world it would be nice to have some legal fighting on the feild. Then theres College Gridiorn but we won’t have the NBA to worry about.


July 20th, 2011
5:57 pm

Leonard Pickens, I totally agree with you. Well said…..

Seen (Sean Peyton) This (Win a super Bowl ) B (And the Failcans can't ) 4

July 20th, 2011
7:01 pm

No time 4 the failcans to put together a D now. It’s gonna be like watchin’ dem bulldawgs get whooped again !


July 20th, 2011
7:47 pm

BFS: Wait! Are you saying that the falcan’ts blog isn’t Hell?!!!! LOL!

Man, you ever read John Milton? You know, “Better to reigh in Hell’ than serve in heaven!”


July 21st, 2011
12:17 am

The Falcons really need a backup QB.


July 21st, 2011
3:42 am

Mr. Goodell thinks the NFL will end up like MLB and the NBA. First, we should not make assumptions. The NFL, the NBA, and the MLB are thriving in this day. Yes there are some better teams in the NBA and the MLB ,but we should not get confused because each league offers the worst team a possibility to get better. It is up to their front office to get the job done. I BELEIVE THE NFL IS THE GREATEST SPORT IN THE WORLD. It is a bias one but i love all american sports. Man, i meet so many people while this sport is being played. I CAN RELATE TO MANY AMERICANS DURING FALL AND WINTER. Men in the NFL get the job done and make your meetings about every four years to renew the possibilities. C ya in Training camp.


July 21st, 2011
8:21 am

According to Pitts, the player rep for Seattle, the players a preparing for an additional 2 weeks before they will vote on the deal. My assumption is they will have to read through each piece of the contract which could be time consuming. But 2 weeks obviously puts the HOF game in jeopardy.

DLED: Any chance you can get with Clabo or Wire and confirm this???


July 21st, 2011
8:33 am

Why are the players in Washington and the Owners in Atlanta?? This is the 11th hour and there’s still squabbling over table scraps by the players. The final CBA document is bound to need some updating after everyone gets their 2 cents in. It makes no sense that they aren’t in the same hotel in rooms accross the hall from each other.

The players are pi**ing me off with this talk about $10 mil for Jackson and Mankins, the law suits, and the “we’re not going to be forced to sign off on something” junk. The players are showing their true colors. This whole thing has been more their fault than anyone. They’re too dumb to understand how a business is run over the long-term and too greedy to care. Vote aye and sign the da*n paper.

D man

July 21st, 2011
9:39 am

What is this “new world football league” I keep hearing about. Is the NFL changing to the world. I don’t like that because football is something that makes us different than the rest of the world and I like being different than the world. That’s what makes us a great nation.