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League, union extend by 24 hours only

Per multiple reports, the league and the NFLPA have struck a deal on extending the moment at which the current CBA expires.

The extension, which widely was believed to last at least a week, will push midnight back by a mere 24 hours.

Our guess is that, in the next 24 hours, the two sides primarily will be negotiating the duration of the real extension.  There’s too much work and too many issues to get a deal done by midnight on Friday.  They were running out of time, Judge Doty needed to sign the paperwork, and so they went with a one-day Band-Aid as they try to work out a longer window.

Again, that’s just a guess.  But the only other possibility is that they think they can get a deal done in the next 30 hours.  Or that they simply want the bad news to hit on the commencement of a weekend, at which time less members of the general public will be paying attention.

So the media horde will continue to assemble at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, at least for another day.

And possibly for another seven or more beyond that.

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27 Responses to “League, union extend by 24 hours only”
  1. waitingguilty says: Mar 3, 2011 5:31 PM

    “There’s too much work and too many issues to get a deal done by midnight on Friday.”

    Honestly, how in the hell would you know that? For all you know this puppy is about to be signed sealed and delivered.

  2. chatham10 says: Mar 3, 2011 5:31 PM

    At least they will not be camped out in somebodies front yard. These reporters (rumors)have nothing else to do.

  3. cdjones34 says: Mar 3, 2011 5:33 PM

    but does that mean that some form of free agency can happen in the next 24 hours starting at midnight or is that on hold now too?

  4. Rhode Island Patriots Fan says: Mar 3, 2011 5:33 PM

    Well, so much for the NFLPA and media-driven, dire warnings that the league and owners were committed to a player lockout.

  5. descendency says: Mar 3, 2011 5:35 PM

    [pure optimism]

    Maybe there will be a deal done in the next 24 hours. . .

    [/pure optimism]

  6. steelerer says: Mar 3, 2011 5:36 PM

    So can the union decertify still? Im guessing yes.

  7. wte1 says: Mar 3, 2011 5:39 PM

    I assume this means teams and players have an additional 24 hours to sign extensions and tenders?

  8. schemefactory says: Mar 3, 2011 5:44 PM

    jeez my panties are in such a bunch over this! as if they’ll give up the opportunity to make billions of dollars. that just wouldn’t be american.

  9. medtxpack says: Mar 3, 2011 5:46 PM

    do a deal!!! geeeeeez!!! slackers….

  10. dewalt2990 says: Mar 3, 2011 5:46 PM

    So it’s getting done?!?!!?

  11. geeeeemen says: Mar 3, 2011 5:47 PM

    i guess this is better than no extension and a lockout/decertification

  12. stevenr1227 says: Mar 3, 2011 5:48 PM

    What a Joke !!!

  13. denverwhodat says: Mar 3, 2011 5:50 PM

    Certainly better than a full lockout at midnight.

    Mike – does this mean the Saints have 24 more hours to consider dropping Reggie Bust?

  14. randolph32 says: Mar 3, 2011 5:52 PM

    24 beats none….

  15. awestcave says: Mar 3, 2011 5:53 PM

    “We find it’s always better to deliver bad news on a Friday. Studies have statistically shown that there’s less chance of an incident if you do it at the end of the week.”

  16. wtfru2 says: Mar 3, 2011 5:55 PM

    You say—“There’s too much work and too many issues to get a deal done by midnight on Friday. ”

    So you know how much they have or haven’t accomplished in the past weeks of negotiation? So you know they aren’t even close to a deal?

    You seem to know more than many other reporters do?

  17. txtuff says: Mar 3, 2011 5:57 PM

    Anybody ever thought that the owners just wanted another 24 hours to sign and release more players?

  18. 3octaveFart says: Mar 3, 2011 6:03 PM

    That doesn’t sound good. Not good at all.

  19. goldsteel says: Mar 3, 2011 6:06 PM

    You mean they are actually going to negotiate now that a judge, a senator and the president have suggested they get it done?

  20. wallabear63 says: Mar 3, 2011 6:06 PM

    “Elvis” (Jerry Jones) has left the building, and gone home to Dallas. Which means a resolution is coming soon.

  21. sjayski says: Mar 3, 2011 6:08 PM

    Prolonging the inevitable. I sincerely hope they can get a deal done, but I’m not holding my breath.

  22. dgrenard says: Mar 3, 2011 6:09 PM

    Mike:

    The fans should organize and boycott the NFL. This is ridiculous. There is no NFL or NFLPA w/o fans willing to pay a lot of money to attend games in person or watch games on DirecTV or at the local watering hole. The fans are taken for granted by both sides, but especially the owners. There’s no TV revenue, apparel revenue, etc. with fans willing to pay their hard earned cash on a great sport.

    On another note, I’m a mediator and often tell mediation participants that we, as Americans, do not know how to negotiate. We believe that if we give an inch, we are weak. Can’t negotiate from entrenched positions. But, alas, as you’ve so eloquently pointed out, real negotiation typically don’t begin until just before the stroke of midnight. Which screws the fans and the game.

    Keep up your must read work.

  23. hobartbaker says: Mar 3, 2011 6:13 PM

    It wasn’t a good day to die.

  24. Kave Krew says: Mar 3, 2011 6:20 PM

    My first thought was ‘window dressing’. That a 24 hour extension is still an extension and therefore “all avenues were explored”.

    I do like the version that they are negotiating the extension – that makes more sense since they have to decide about free agent signings and drug testing etc.

    They are grossly mistaken if they think a Friday midnight lockout will keep the fans won’t be paying attention. Not in today’s age with today’s technology on people’s hip.

  25. rwjk says: Mar 3, 2011 6:23 PM

    is a college education required to be a player rep?

  26. boneyardbuc says: Mar 3, 2011 8:48 PM

    “Or that they simply want the bad news to hit on the commencement of a weekend, at which time less members of the general public will be paying attention.”

    BINGO!!!

    Intro to P.R. 1101

  27. vetdana says: Mar 4, 2011 9:55 AM

    Honestly, how in the hell would you know that? For all you know this puppy is about to be signed sealed and delivered……..if vonnie holidays leak is correct….they havent agreed upon any of the main issues as of yet….that is a long way from a deal !
    They have a deal just as soon as they announce one & not before…why get caught up in an emotioal roller coster ride ?

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