The talks will continue for at least another day as someone familiar with negotiations told ESPN that the sides had agreed on a 24 hour extension into tomorrow. This is good news in that we will not be seeing a decertification or a lock-out at any point today. But it’s also not exactly a slam dunk either.
Today’s session was attended by a number of high profile owners, executives and players and the owners reportedly came prepared with a new offer, one which Chris Mortensen said earlier in the day may have even caught the players off guard. Of course that’s just TV talking heads filling time, so the truth could be far from what’s being circulated in the media right.
Regardless though, there will be at least another 24 hours of negotiating before all hell breaks loose and we all end up finding other ways to spend Sunday. On the bright side, Monday night TV may be in for its highest ratings in decades. That’s obviously a little premature, but the cynic in me has a hard time believing both sides will place nice long enough to get this thing done. Here’s hoping I’m wrong.