Football is back, finally.

NFL Labor Meetings Continuing for Next Four Days

For the next few days, from Tuesday to Friday representatives for the NFL and the players will be continuing to hold talks in Minneapolis to hopefully hammer out the final details on a new CBA. Per a report on ESPN.com:

After last week’s labor talks outside Boston, players were told the next set of negotiations would involve commissioner Roger Goodell, NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith, several owners and players.

The meetings this week will be the fifth round of confidential talks between the parties. Representatives from the NFL and the NFLPA have previously met outside Chicago, in Long Island, N.Y., in Maryland and last week in Hull, Mass.

Hopefully we are getting close to a resolution as the final nuances and wrinkles to the new deal are ironed out and the league begins to plan how it will move into an abbreviated new league year. The deadline for teams to still be able to hold their regularly scheduled training camp and preseason games is rapidly approaching, and I’m sure part of the impetus for the progress of these talks is that teams are about to begin losing money. Most ‘experts’ still don’t believe the offseason will officially begin until the middle of July, so we may still be a few weeks off. But then again, that’s been the story since March.

One more small tidbit that may be of note, the NBA is expected to go into a lockout on Thursday after their CBA expires. You want two lockouts that will share little in common outside of a name? Compare the NFL and NBA’s issues. The NFL is more profitable than ever, which makes this squabble seem so removed from real life problems (rich people squabbling about how to slice a pie). The NBA is, by all accounts, hemorrhaging money. They need to sustain themselves lest they have real financial issues. It would be an interesting time in American sports to have two major sports leagues locked out simultaneously though.

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