On Monday, we suggested that the NFL and the players’ union shouldn’t bother to show up for mediation on Tuesday if they’re not serious about getting a deal done.
Apparently, they’re taking us up on that.
With fewer than three days remaining before the labor deal expires, the two sides aren’t getting together to resume mediation until 1:00 p.m. ET.
Why don’t they just get started Thursday night at 10:30?
At the risk of agreeing belatedly with Rich Hoffman a/k/a Rich Hofmann, it presently appears that the seven days of mediation indeed were an elaborate P.R. ploy that helped the league reverse a stretch of bad publicity and that helped the union create the impression that it’s not intent on pushing the dispute to decertification.
Meanwhile, get ready for decertification and a lockout and no free agency and plenty of stuff that we’ll be breaking down every step of the way. (The discussion continues at 12:00 p.m. ET with Daniel Kaplan of SportsBusiness Journal.)
What else are we going to write about? Baseball?