Sports Business Journal / By Ryan Seacrest and Jennifer Jacobs, USA TODAY Sports The NFLPA is expected to release a statement next week regarding the lockout that will be the first in NFL history, the union announced on Thursday.
The statement will be made public on Friday, the day after the NFL’s owners vote on a new collective bargaining agreement.
The NFL is the largest professional sports league in the world with an annual budget of more than $1 trillion.
The union announced its support for the current agreement in a letter dated June 26, and the next round of talks on a contract extension will be scheduled for later this month.
The lockout, which began Aug. 1, has caused major disruptions for the league, including the NFL Draft.
Players are on strike, the league has canceled preseason games, and thousands of fans have lost their access to the stadium for their Sunday games.
The current deal has not been ratified by the players or the NFL, and talks on an extension have stalled.