Players and Owners agree it’s time to start NFL season

By Marc A. Greenberg

As we recently reported, the National Football League is almost ready to begin again.  It was a nice vacation for players and owners, but it’s time to get down to business.

On Wednesday, both players and owners agreed it was time to reach an agreement to end the four-month-old lockout.

“We believe the overall proposal made by the players is fair for both sides and it is time to get this deal done,” quarterbacks Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees, who are parties in a class-action antitrust lawsuit against the league, said in a statement.

“This is the time of year we as players turn our attention to the game on the field. We hope the owners feel the same way.”

The NFL followed with its own statement echoing the players sentiment:

“We share the view that now is the time to reach an agreement so we can all get back to football and a full 2011 season,” the league said.

The annual Hall of Fame Game, this year between the St. Louis Rams and the Chicago Bears, is scheduled for August 7. It has not been canceled as of yet.