Peter King led his MMQB column this Monday by saying that the “real work” in labor negotiations takes place in small meeting rooms and secret phone calls unknown to the media.
Florio asked King on Monday’s PFT Live if that was cause for optimism:
“I don’t think any of the major areas are getting closer,” King said. “The biggest area right now is that I believe there are owners out there — prominent owners — that if the system isn’t fixed to where it was a lot closer to pre-’06 levels than it is now . . . I think there are some owners would rather just lose the season.”
Gulp. An important ingredient to avoiding a lasting work stoppage is having both sides truly understand how short-sighted a disruption would be. A group of owners may be willing to live with a missed season if the players don’t give back from the current system significantly.
“[Some owners] hate this system that much,” King said. “They would rather find another way to pay the mortgage on their stadiums . . . that’s how badly they want this system overturned.”
So much for looking for silver linings.
“I don’t think there is any real reason to be optimistic, although there are some conversations taking place that aren’t being taken place in the big meeting room,” King said.