Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie appeared on ESPN this evening shortly after voting to approve a new collective bargaining agreement. He was asked about his thoughts on the deal approved by the owners.â†µ
"(The deal) was filled with a lot of compromise," Lurie said. "I don't think anyone was smiling and saying 'oh boy that's great.' It wasn't like that. It was very much a victory for compromise. It was a win-win for the teams, the players and definitely the fans."
Lurie was then asked if the owners had been given any assurances from NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith that the players will ratify the agreement and re-certify as a union?â†µ
"It wasn't really discussed. It's really up to them to decide that. We just ratified it and it's up to the players to take their action. "â†µ
Lurie's positive, "it's finally over" kind of sentiment is one echoed by many owners soon after they voted to ratify. With players opting not to vote on the deal tonight and DeMaurice Smith accusing the owners of potentially violating federal law and attempting coercion, the optimism may be premature.â†µ