(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- Ending a lockout of over four months, the executive board of the NFL Players Association and team representatives unanimously approved the terms of a deal which satisfies ongoing unresolved issues for players that started in March of this year. Sides met throughout the weekend and final details were worked through Monday morning.
Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Diaz, who is also the Chairman of the Miami-Dade Sports Commission, expressed his relief over the end of the lockout. "I'm pleased that both owners and players were able to reach an agreement. Football fans, especially of our Miami Dolphins, will soon be able to enjoy the game again on Sunday and Monday nights." The Miami Dolphins' first pre-season home game will be on Friday, August 19 at 7:30 p.m. against the Carolina Panthers. The regular season begins on Monday, September 12 at 7:00 p.m. against the New England Patriots at Sun Life Stadium.
The announcement was made outside the National Football League Players Association headquarters today at 2:00 p.m. The final accord is for 10 years without an opt-out clause and a tentative timeline allows NFL clubs to start signing 2011 draft picks and rookie free agents on Tuesday. Conversations with veteran free agents can also commence Tuesday and their signings could begin Friday.
According to the proposed schedule, training camps would open for 10 of the 32 teams on Wednesday, 10 more on Thursday, 10 on Friday and the last two teams on Sunday.
For more information, please contact Commissioner Diaz's office at 305-599-1200.