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It’s five o’clock, do you know where your NFL is?

DeMaurice Smith

The parties have spent all day Thursday negotiating, with much of the talk presumably focusing on whether they’ll agree to press pause on the expiration of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

It’s now after 5:00 p.m. ET, and there’s still no words as to whether any agreements have been reached.

Per multiple reports, Judge David Doty would be required to sign off on any deal to extend the current deal.  And the deal wouldn’t simply be to allow negotiations to continue for a specific period of time.  Other terms would need to be considered, such as whether current free agents can sign contracts or pending free agents can re-do deals with their current teams — and whether the league policies (substance abuse, steroids, personal conduct) would continue.

The fact that the league reportedly has asked for the extension seems to bolster the notion that the league has decided while standing at the open door of the airplane and with parachute strapped to its back that jumping out of the plane may not be the best plan.

So stay tuned.  We should know something soon.  And that something likely we be that we’ll continue to not know anything.

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10 Responses to “It’s five o’clock, do you know where your NFL is?”
  1. cereal blogger says: Mar 3, 2011 5:13 PM

    This is nuts….what a bunch of selfish jerks

  2. hobartbaker says: Mar 3, 2011 5:16 PM

    5 PM? Old Dotty is already in bed asleep. This is going to have to wait until tomorrow at least to be ratified.

  3. ctgiant says: Mar 3, 2011 5:18 PM

    ANYONE KNOW IF “THE DONALD” IS AVAIAILABLE? HE WOULD HAVE AN AGREEMENT OR “YOUR ALL FIRED”!

  4. dgforreal says: Mar 3, 2011 5:18 PM

    It’s five o’clock, do you know where your NFL is?

    At home, washing his tights.

  5. 3octaveFart says: Mar 3, 2011 5:20 PM

    At least we haven’t heard the words “lockout” or “strike”, so that’s something.

  6. belicheckyoself says: Mar 3, 2011 5:21 PM

    That headline is what the Spaniards call el terrible.

  7. dirtydolphin says: Mar 3, 2011 5:22 PM

    what is the purpose of writing this story?

  8. largefarva says: Mar 3, 2011 5:28 PM

    >>And that something likely we be that we’ll continue to not know anything.

    How is that different from the rest of your stories, Mike?

  9. anonymouslyanonymouscommentor says: Mar 3, 2011 5:28 PM

    I like the metaphor

  10. iffybiz says: Mar 3, 2011 5:33 PM

    To me unless there is considerable agreement already in place, the union should turn them down.
    Dragging this out is in the owner’s best interests, not the players. Every bit of time less than the normal amount means that there will be less time for free agency. It will put more pressure on players to commit quickly once a deal is in place and end up taking less money.
    It also cuts into the players plan to make the owners the bad guys here.
    However, if they are close to working everything out and all is needed is a day or two to cement the details then I guess they should move everything back.

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