Today is not D-Day. I refuse to become involved in that comparison, D-Day was one of the most infamous (and grave) days in recent human history. Tomorrow, a bunch of rich jerks might prevent a group of slightly less rich players from coming to work. Unless you work at a stadium, or stand to lose a job from a lock-out, the most this will affect the average person is they’ll have to spend time with their family on Sundays.
That being said, today is a pretty big day in the annals of NFL history. The mediations between the players and owners have continued over the past couple weeks, with a marathon session at the end of February followed by meetings on the 1st and today. This is the last opportunity for players and owners to meet before the CBA expires tonight and things could potentially get dicey.
Despite all of the talk about progress and a new CBA, if things aren’t done or at least close by tonight there is a very big possibility you could see the following occur. Shortly after midnight the NFLPA may choose to decertify and file an injunction against the NFL, the owners will in turn lock-out the players. It’s not optimistic, it’s realistic, and I fully expect to be posting that article around 12:30 tonight.
That’s not how this has to go down, both sides could agree as an act of good faith to hold off on their last-resort measures while negotiations continue. The NFLPA could hold off on decertification, the owners could not be the tactless group they’ve continued to demonstrate they are and not lock the players out at 12:01. But we all know that won’t happen. Because this is about greed. And in the owners eyes, greed is good.