With the clock out, the bank is open.
The NFL and the players’ union, after two days spent engaged in limited negotiations with the involvement of George Cohen, the director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, have gotten busy. Albert Breer of NFL Network reported during today’s PFT Live that lunch has arrived.
As Breer points out, the longer the talks last on Thursday, the better.
It also strengthens our belief that neither side really wants to resort to their nuclear option until they’ve exhausted fully and completely the possibility of workout out a deal.
Then again, every other time we’ve allowed ourselves to consider the glass to be 1/1000th full, something happens to suck out the last few drips of hope.
That said, it would be an upset bigger than Villanova-Georgetown for a deal to be concluded today. The best bet would be a decision to pause the expiration of the labor agreement so that intensive talks can continue.
Indeed, Jason La Canfora of NFL Network reports that the two sides currently are discussing the possibility of extending the deadline. La Canfora also explains that an extension would require the signature of Judge David Doty. If it happens, it doesn’t mean a deal will be reached. But it means a lockout won’t be launched at midnight tonight.