Tag:Katie Blackburn
Posted on: July 21, 2011 10:20 am
Edited on: July 21, 2011 10:27 am

Owners will likely vote on CBA today

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

ATLANTA -- As owners have nearly finished entering the Gateway Marriott hotel for today’s 10 a.m. meeting, the vibe of the owners and their team executives is that a vote to ratify the CBA will likely occur today.

Even if the players don’t vote themselves.

“I think so,” Katie Blackburn, Bengals executive vice president, told CBSSports.com and Cincinnati's WKRC-TV. “We’ll go in there and hear what they have to say. But there could be (a vote).”

It makes sense if the owners are to vote on the labor deal, if only to put the onus on the NFLPA to finish the deal and send the agreement to the Brady v NFL plaintiffs. And though the Bengals could very well vote no on the new CBA -- as owner Mike Brown did in 2006 -- it seems pretty clear that most of the owners will give their approval to the new deal.

“I’m neutral going in,” Blackburn said. “I’m going in there to see what happens.”

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