NFL lawyers met Tuesday in New York to continue negotiations in the hopes of ending the lockout, which began March 21. Reports from several media outlets state that the meeting attempted to finalize an agreement to be presented to the Player's Association in Washington on Wednesday. Present at the meeting will be the 32 player representatives, one from each NFL team.
The LA Times reports that if a deal is reached today, owners could ratify in during their meeting in Atlanta tomorrow. In order for that to happen, 24 of the 32 team owners must vote in its favor.
NFLPA President Kevin Mawae stated that the 10 plaintiffs in the Brady antitrust lawsuit have been recommended on behalf of the organization not to receive any special treatment. The lawsuit was filed four months ago after the players decertified their union. The main plaintiffs in the case are Patriots QB Tom Brady, Colts QB Peyton Manning, and Saints QB Drew Brees. Each have at least one Superbowl victory under their belts.
Brees took to Twitter Tuesday night to diffuse allegations that he was seeking any special treatment from the suit.
"I want no special perks. My job is to get a fair deal for all players, and I am proud to represent them all - past, present and future," he said in a tweet.
TMZ.com broke news of another player lawsuit Tuesday night. According to the report, 75 players and their wives are accusing the NFL of concealing brain injury risks from concussions NFL players may sustain during game play.
If an agreement is not reached, the lockout will continue to threaten the 2011 NFL season. It will also threaten employees at each of the stadium venues, as well as the small businesses who depend largely on the football games to attract patronage and profits.