The NFL Owners voted last week by a 31-0 margin to approve the new CBA. The players followed their lead on Monday averting a major crisis. Although the lockout lasted five months, the two sides were able to work out their issues without sacrificing a single regular season game. The only casualties were offseason programs and the Hall of Fame Game between the St. Louis Rams and Chicago Bears.
It is a big victory for the NFL owners and players. If the lockout had spilled over into the regular season, the backlash from fans would have been felt for years.
Still, that does not mean that the lockout will not have a negative impact on the 2011 season. Last year teams had two weeks of OTAs scattered throughout the summer, a rookie three- day minicamp and a three-day team minicamp. Furthermore, players were allowed to work with trainers at the facility and coaches could talk to their players and discuss the playbook or study film.