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Union claims reports of progress are “speculation”

DeMaurice Smith, Hunter Hillenmeyer, Domonique Foxworth, Sean Morey

The NFL and the players’ union are trying hard to comply with the promise to keep quiet about the specific contents of the labor negotiations occurring daily since last Friday under the auspices of federal mediator George H. Cohen.  They’re trying so hard that, when information slips out of the room, they simply deny that it has.

“Every report about what’s happening in the room at this point is pure speculation,” NFLPA spokesman George Atallah told the Associated Press via e-mail on Tuesday.

Of course, since Atallah isn’t personally in the room, he doesn’t actually know whether any reports are indeed speculation.  We’ve reported that Tuesday was “big day” for progress in the process, though we haven’t been able to track down any specifics as to the issue(s) about which there may have been a breakthrough.  But we stand by that report, and we understand why the union and the league would feel compelled to dismiss any report, out of further respect for the vow of silence that the parties took when the process commenced on Friday of last week.

Apart from our report, the two sides surely are making progress.  As we’ve pointed out a time or two, they’re not sitting in the room doing Sudoku and eating pepperoni pizza.  With five full days — including Saturday, Sunday, and Presidents’ Day — of talks and at least two more to come, it’s unthinkable that the process would be continuing if some progress wasn’t being made.

Our guess (and, yes, this part is speculation) is that Cohen initially focused the parties on smaller issues, hoping to build some momentum as the parties move toward the tougher issues.

So progress undoubtedly is being made.  The great unknowns are this point are:  (1) the specific amount of progress made; and (2) the specific amount of progress left to be made before striking a deal.

As to those two points, we’ll agree with Atallah that any reports are speculation, because no one is talking about the specifics.

Yet.

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10 Responses to “Union claims reports of progress are “speculation””
  1. phinheads says: Feb 23, 2011 8:47 AM

    Look at how afraid they are that they may look like they’re caving to some degree. This whole thing sickens me. There better be football in 2011.

  2. chc4 says: Feb 23, 2011 8:49 AM

    Why is the union saying anything to the media? They need to shut their yappers just like the mediator advised them to do. Leaking anything could lead to a breakdown in talks since both sides use it to manipulate public opinion. Silence is golden right now.

  3. ninjapleazee says: Feb 23, 2011 8:52 AM

    Union needs to shut up and get the deal done

  4. jw731 says: Feb 23, 2011 8:54 AM

    So, how can you report it was a big day without any specifics?….My guess, and this is slso pure speculation, is since that you also aren’t in the room, your guess is meaningless….

  5. clintonportisheadd says: Feb 23, 2011 8:59 AM

    “Apart from our report, the two sides surely are making progress….”PFT

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    Based on what? The fact that neither side has stormed out proves nothing. In point of fact-given the huge gulf between the parties-I am more inclined to speculate that this is all a dog and pony show that will soon end with both sides claiming “We tried but the other side was too intransigent”.

  6. emperor83 says: Feb 23, 2011 9:30 AM

    Wow, the union’s not even trying, are they? Just want more money without having to play more games… “I want it without working for it!” Typical union mentality.

  7. FoozieGrooler says: Feb 23, 2011 9:35 AM

    emperor83 says: Feb 23, 2011 9:30 AM

    “Just want more money without having to play more games… “I want it without working for it!” Typical union mentality.”

    The players aren’t asking for a single penny.
    Typical uninformed moron mentality.

  8. krow101 says: Feb 23, 2011 9:51 AM

    At some point don’t these billionaire owners have enough money? Is there some sort of competition to see who dies with the most cash?

  9. hooterdawg says: Feb 23, 2011 11:06 AM

    “We’ve reported that Tuesday was “big day” for progress in the process, though we haven’t been able to track down any specifics as to the issue(s) about which there may have been a breakthrough. But we stand by that report.”

    It’s good to know that you stand by a report that said nothing factual and was pure specualtion – just as the NFLPA has stated.

  10. laeaglefan says: Feb 23, 2011 11:47 AM

    Don’t get your hopes up, everybody. Before you know it the meetings will be abruptly abandoned with word that no agreement will happen anytime soon due to the wide chasm that exists between the NFLPA and the Owners, and that a lockout is imminent.

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