After yesterday’s negotiation session in Washington DC went from promising to near-disaster. ESPN and Adam Schefter have reported that the sides aren’t really that close to a deal despite reports to the contrary that surfaced at the start of the week. How far away are the two sides?
To say this is going to be done in two weeks, one source said, “is borderline insane.”
Yeah. The two sides only had all of last season and all of this off-season, what’s two more weeks? Let’s be honest here, if the NFL was worried its fans were going to take this badly, it’s a very superficial concern. The NFL takes its fans for granted, and if you’re being truthful with yourself you know they’re right. You’re not going to boycott the NFL next season, you won’t skip the first week of the season as a show of fan solidarity. You’ll be eagerly checking OTA-reports the day league activities resume. This is a country that is addicted to football and the NFL doesn’t mind letting us fiend for a while as they posture and bicker over how to split up their massive revenues.
I don’t care who wins this argument anymore. I don’t care who’s right. None of that matters anymore. As of this moment, I am officially against both sides until they can stop the games and just come to a deal. Nobody is going to get everything they want, nonody is going to clearly win the day. It’s going to take compromise to get something that’s practical and works for both sides. And neither side seems to want to give an inch.
Maybe it’s ironic or maybe it’s more than just coincidence that the NFL labor talks have deteriorated to political theatre and petty bickering in much the same way the healthcare reform debate did, and in the same city. And if this doesn’t end well, in two years someone will be trying to repeal this deal too.