NFL back in business (for now)


The NFL has issued guidelines advising clubs how to operate with the lockout lifted and no collective bargaining agreement in place.

Not every issue was addressed.

A plan for player transactions such as trades and free-agent signings and details about the 2011 league business calendar is expected to be released Friday.

In the meantime, here are the bullet points of what's in place beginning 8 a.m. Friday:

  • Players are allowed to use team facilities.

  • Teams can issue playbooks, game film and other such materials to players.

  • Coaches may meet with players for the purpose of discussing those materials and any offseason workout programs.

  • Voluntary and mandatory workout programs such as minicamps, rookie camps and organized team activities may commence subject to rules in the previous CBA.

  • League counseling programs for substance abuse and performance-enhancing drugs will resume.