The NFL owners and players are continuing to meet, even as of 10 PM the session was continuing into its 12th hour. There are a number of new developments, most of which are quite honestly inane, but some will have more bearing on the next 24 hours than others.
For starters, and most humorously, US District Judge Arthur Boylan who has been absolutely instrumental in the negotiations, is scheduled to go on vacation on Saturday. That has put a de fact deadline on the current round of talks and hopefully is driving both sides to try and iron out everything they can in an attempt to have something finished by Saturday morning.
However, before anything can get figured out the NFL players currently involved in the anti-trust lawsuit that was filed hours after the lockout have to settle that suit in federal court. Earlier tonight a phone call with the plaintiffs and NFLPA lawyers took place in order to brief the group on the progress made and better educate them on what decisions they need to make in order to allow the negotiations to move forward. Basically they were waiting to find out whether they can end their funny-man lawsuit and let the two sides actually finalize the deal.
In addition to that, the lawyers will also have to once again work to make sure every “i” is dotted and every “t” crossed. The point I’m making with all of this is that the likelihood of all of these dominos falling before Judge Boylan heads off to Nassau or wherever federal judges like to vacation, aren’t as good as a lot of people would like you to believe. There is hope that this deal will get done soon. I just doubt it’s by Saturday.