The prevailing thought among the media members covering the Super Bowl is that, when push comes to shove, the NFL and the players union will get a new labor deal done.
As Jason Whitlock of FOXSports.com correctly explains,the term “insanity” wouldn’t be strong enough to describe the league’s decision to have a work stoppage at a time when it enjoys unprecedented popularity.
But we’ve picked up a distinct undercurrent that the talk of a lockout really isn’t posturing or bluffing by the league, and that there are enough owners prepared to shut it down if the players refuse to accept the last, best proposal that the league makes in 2011.
We hope the undercurrent is incorrect, but we’re starting to fear that it isn’t.
On that happy note, I’m heading upstairs to see what NFLPA Executive Director De Smith has to say.