When Patriots owner Robert Kraft expressed optimism last month that a new labor deal could be negotiated by the end of the year, we were intrigued. Surely, an influential owner like Robert Kraft wouldn’t venture out onto a limb unless he knew it was going to happen — or unless he knew that he had the ability to make it happen.
For now, it looks like it’s not going to happen.
On Tuesday, Commissioner Roger Goodell told the Associated Press that the next meeting between the league and the union is scheduled for December.
How can a deal get done by the end of February if the two sides won’t be meeting again until December? And how can getting a deal done not be the top priority of both the NFL and the NFLPA?
We realize that a deal can come together quickly once both sides get serious about putting a deal together. But when will that be?
It needs to be soon.