Close But No Cigar

NFL and NFLPA reps met again yesterday in Washington DC and despite reports of a potential deal surfacing all day, seem to have regressed in their talks on a new CBA according to Adam Schefter and ESPN.

How close it did is a matter of opinion. But what is factual is that the moment came shortly after lawyers from both sides re-inserted themselves in the process. As tensions rose and anger grew, two sources said NFL Players Association leader DeMaurice Smith instructed his lawyers to “stand down.”

With the lawyers removed from the direct negotiations, the process was said to get back on track and to a good spot. The incident is an example of just how tenous these talks can be and how quickly they can be derailed.

Once again NFL fans were left out in the cold, given the proverbial blue balls after hearing of the possibility of an end to the lockout and resumption of NFL business only to have that end up being completely false. One source familiar with the talks said a timetable for a resolution was “borderline insane.” This isn’t getting done soon folks, and when the sides do agree they’ll necessarily have to get the lawyers involved again. The buffoonery just continues.

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