NFL | Deal not likely to get ratified
Mon, 6 Mar 2006 20:40:11 -0800

Len Pasquarelli, of, reports NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue has agreed to present the NFLPA's offer to the league's 32 owners. One league source told that he had an e-mail assurance that the deal would go through, but there are no signs that the membership is ready to ratify it. Tagliabue needs 24 of 32 votes to pass the collective bargaining agreement extension, but it does not appear he will have sufficient support for it.

NFL | League unwittingly declares NFLPA winners
Mon, 6 Mar 2006 20:39:40 -0800

Len Pasquarelli, of, reports the NFL has unwittingly declared the NFLPA and NFLPA executive director Gene Upshaw the winners in the public relations battle by taking the union's proposal to the owners. NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue took Upshaw off the hook when he agreed to present the union's proposal to the 32-owner membership.