But pessimists (me among them) aren't convinced. Sure, they've managed to get this far. But they still have to work out these smaller issues, and the "trade association" (and its lawyers) has to review and approve it. And perhaps more importantly, the owners have to review and approve it - and still work out some of their differences.
And then there's this: the retired players have gone to court asking that the mediated sessions stop because they don't have a voice. They want consideration, because there is money at stake for them. They also want to ensure that the anti-trust suit goes forward in any case.
We have also heard that the referees' union is watching things closely, and may want to get in on the action to ensure their interests are also heard.
Hey, that reminds me: where is our fan representation? Oh that's right, there isn't one. We just get screwed at the gate, in concessions, and in merchandise.
Meanwhile, you have some oddities included in the deal. According to one source, there was intense discussion about divvying up some money for stadium improvements. And in return, the players asked for some of the revenue from events that are not football related. So, in other words, some of the NFL income would be used to improve a stadium owned by an NFL owner; that stadium might be used for a concert; and some of the proceeds would go back to the players. Good? Not good? Who can say? We only know that these types of concessions seem to be moving things along...