The NFL owners and the NFLPA have instated a full media black-out as they prepare to enter the final weeks of negotiations before the deadline for the CBA passes. If you can trust these guys, which considering lying is an NFL staple you absolutely can’t, then information on the negotiations will be sparse in the coming weeks and we will all be in the dark until deal is reached or time is up.
“Due to the extreme sensitivity of these negotiations and consistent with the FMCS’s long-standing practice, the agency will refrain from any public comment concerning the future schedule and/or the status of those negotiations until further notice,” mediator George H. Cohen said.
Both sides were on board as well, issuing semi-ironic statements to the press about how they would no longer be issuing anymore statements to the press.
“Our ultimate goal is a new CBA,” Atallah wrote Thursday on his Twitter feed. “I will not discuss any details about the next set of negotiations. We are observing a strict media blackout.”
I have a feeling this media black-out lasts until it behooves one side to go to the press and lambaste the other. The press, just like the courts and all the posturing are tools both sides are using to try and strengthen their positions. I don’t see this gag-order lasting past the start of next week. Until then though, the fans are left out in the cold. This is the football equivalent of huddling outside the Vatican and waiting to see a plume of white smoke. Who knows when it’s going to happen but we’ll be sitting around, looking up at the rooftops until it does.