During the game between the Georgia Force and the Chicago Rush, rumors started circulating that an agreement had been reached. AFL commissioner Jerry B. Kurz and AFLPU executives James Baron and Ivan Soto were present at the game, and at 9:29 p.m. ET, Soto tweeted, "Great day for the AFLPU and the AFL. Fans should get season tickets now while best seats still available!"
During the post-game press conference, Rush wide receiver Reggie Gray--who also serves as the team's union representative--confirmed that a multi-year agreement has been reached. Since he was busy catching 7 passes for 91 yards and 3 touchdowns prior to the press conference, he was not aware of the specific terms of the agreement.
As yet, neither the AFL or the AFLPU has made an official announcement.
A labor agreement will put an end to the unrest that has led to two work stoppages, the first forfeit in league history, the elimination of live coverage of games on the NFL Network, and the threat of a lockout during the league's Silver Anniversary season. It is currently unknown whether live coverage of NET10 Arena Football Friday will resume on the NFL Network as the result of this agreement.
With five weeks remaining in the regular season, though, fans can now rest assured that the remainder of the schedule will be played without any further disruptions.
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