Players, Owners Lawyering Up

The NFL and the association formerly known as the NFLPA will continue to meet today and tomorrow on ironing out details for a new collective bargaining agreement. While there has been progress made over the last month in principle, the next two days will be spent by both side’s lawyers hammering out language and the other nuanced (albeit dull) aspects of the upcoming deal. It is unlikely the leadership from either side will be present until the end of the week, per ESPN.

There is no expectation that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith will be participating together in the talks until Thursday and Friday, when the lead negotiating teams resume face-to-face discussions.

There was initially great optimism heading into last week, but that was tempered by a digression in the talks at the tail end of the negotiations. Still, both sides will continue to work towards a resolution as the NFL is now in day 112 of its lockout and will begin to have to cancel preseason events if things continue much longer. Training camp is slated to start at the end of July and the first preseason game in Canton, Ohio (the infamous Hall of Fame game) is a month from tomorrow. Hopefully the two sides can get this thing done before they have to start to cancel anything.


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