theProf Posted July 21, 2011 Share Posted July 21, 2011 Blank optimistic owners will ratify CBABy Mike Wilkening, ProFootballWeekly.com ATLANTA — Falcons owner Arthur Blank indicated Thursday morning he believes owners had the votes necessary to ratify a new Collective Bargaining Agreement later today, and he is hopeful players will do the same. "I'm optimistic we'll get their approval, hopefully today," Blank said of the NFLPA. "If not today, the league has the ability to ratify the agreement (from) the owners' perspective subject to the players obviously approving it as well."Blank noted that one-quarter of the owners served on the league's labor committee and that the collective ownership was educated on the terms of the deal. "I think there's not going to be any surprises in terms of what the deal terms are from an ownership perspective," Blank said. "So I expect a great majority to support the work that the league has done, staff has done, the owners have done, in cooperation with the NFLPA."Blank said he didn't believe the NFLPA not voting on the CBA Wednesday was a sign of the players having any major misgivings about the deal."I think when you get to a deal as complex as this, 400 pages, there's always some issues, dotting i's, crossing t's, that have to be wrapped up at the last minute," he said.Blank indicated he's looking forward to the lockout being over, and potentially soon. "I'm pleased we are (where we) are today, and I'm looking forward to getting to know our players again back on the football field," he said. http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news;_ylt=Au.F8MgT7uPfvrwcPHE.rm9DubYF?slug=pfw-20110721_blank_optimistic_owners_will_ratify_cba_holds_hope Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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