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Deadline extended until March 11

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Multiple reports indicate that the NFL and the players’ union have decided to extend the expiration of the current labor deal by one week, from March 4 until March 11.

The drop-or-get-off-the-dropper moment currently is March 11 at 5:00 p.m. ET.

Some reports indicate the union’s Executive Committee must approve the extension before it becomes finalized.  Prior reports indicated that the union was on board with the extension; it would be a shock if the Executive Committee insists on approving it now.

Given the report from Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports regarding the resistance NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith faced on Thursday from the Executive Committee, it makes sense to wait for the official announcement of the extension before exhaling.

So stay-tuned for another nine-word statement from George Cohen.

It remains to be seen whether talks will continue over the weekend, or whether they’ll resume Monday.  Though there’s benefit in having time to retreat and evaluate, we prefer to see the two sides continuing to meet until they get a deal done or until they hit the proverbial wall.

UPDATE:  NFLPA spokesman George Atallah says, via Twitter, that the Executive Committee is indeed voting on the extension.  “There is a process that we will respect,” Atallah said.

UPDATE II: The extension was passed after a vote from the Executive Committee.  Talks will resume Monday.

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34 Responses to “Deadline extended until March 11”
  1. albanyhawker says: Mar 4, 2011 2:19 PM

    I’m psyched this is going into overtime…I got D-Smith in my Negotiations Fantasy league!

  2. theshocker98 says: Mar 4, 2011 2:23 PM

    I still cannot figure out the difficulty in this process. You have us fans paying a couple hundred bucks a year for fantasy football, just to be pretend owners. The owners in the NFL were all billionaires before they bought these teams, so I don’t understand the need to make more of a profit. I think you own a team because you enjoy sports, like us, you are not doing it to line your pockets. I believe as long as the owners are not losing money, then they are doing okay. If they want a bigger chunk of the “pie” then let them start paying for their own stadiums instead of the burden falling on the taxpayers of their area, who finance these stadiums so their team won’t leave, only to have the owners make money off of it. I almost feel that the owners should have a salary cap as well, let them earn 20 mil in profits, then after that the money goes to the retired players. The NFL is so huge, I mean I just spent a week watching guys run and jump in shorts and tee-shirts, you don’t get that with any other sport, I just don’t want to see it messed up.

  3. JackLeone says: Mar 4, 2011 2:24 PM

    I guess this is good because at least there some type of agreement. Just make sure everything that needs to be done, get done.

  4. nyctexan says: Mar 4, 2011 2:28 PM

    These deadlines are so arbitrary. Just let me know when these rich ass dudes come to an agreement.

  5. wetpaperbag2 says: Mar 4, 2011 2:29 PM

    Wow…so they opt to move the deadline to 3.11.11…the same date the world as we know it comes to an end when aliens invade Los Angeles and the world. LOL

  6. Rhode Island Patriots Fan says: Mar 4, 2011 2:29 PM

    In all likelihood, there will be no third extension. As a result, the union’s Executive Committee will hopefully come to accept now what they will only come to realize later—that the new CBA must reflect a more equitable business model for BOTH sides than the one that resulted from the 2006 CBA negotiation.

  7. mybuttsayspft says: Mar 4, 2011 2:29 PM

    So they’ll wait until March 10th to start talking.

  8. august1969 says: Mar 4, 2011 2:37 PM

    albanyhawker says:
    Mar 4, 2011 2:19 PM
    I’m psyched this is going into overtime…I got D-Smith in my Negotiations Fantasy league!

    BWWAAAHHAHHAAA!!!

    Nicely done!

  9. laeaglefan says: Mar 4, 2011 2:39 PM

    Is this “sudden death” overtime, with ties permitted if they can’t come to an agreement by the deadline? Or do they play by Donovan McNabb’s rules and just keep playing until its decided one way or another?

  10. lucky5927 says: Mar 4, 2011 2:41 PM

    I for one am happy to hear about the week extension. That is a sure sign that things are close. I bet the get this hammered out before the 11th.

    BTW, albanyhawker says:
    I’m psyched this is going into overtime…I got D-Smith in my Negotiations Fantasy league!

    Instant PFT Classic!!!

  11. mick730 says: Mar 4, 2011 2:46 PM

    ” I almost feel that the owners should have a salary cap as well, let them earn 20 mil in profits, then after that the money goes to the retired players. ”

    Well Einstein, you just proved the need for the CBA to be reworked. 1st, the Packers only made 9 million bucks in 2009 and my guess is that for 2010, they will earn a lot less than that, so 20 million for Green Bay would require a reworking of the CBA and in particular, a reworking of the revenue split. Remember, the Packers bottom line dropped from over 35 million in 2007, to 20 million in 2008 and 9 million in 2009, all the while they had the youngest team in the league. So, yes, if we take your suggestion, then the CBA needs to be redone and the players need to take less. End of story.

    And lastly, all of the owners aren’t billionaires and they weren’t all billionaires before they got their teams. Are you just plain stupid, or do you enjoy making things up? One, there is no billionaire owner in Green Bay, two, the McCaskey’s in Chicago are not billionaires, neither is Ralph Wilson in Buffalo, nor are the owners of the Pittsburgh team.

  12. gtmann says: Mar 4, 2011 2:49 PM

    At least it’a progress

  13. purpleman527 says: Mar 4, 2011 2:51 PM

    Since there are naming rights to everything in sports these days, this whole labor drama should be sponsored by Heinz.

  14. rpiotr01 says: Mar 4, 2011 2:56 PM

    Any announcement that doesn’t involve the words “decertify” or “lock-out” is a welcome one.

    If this thing goes to court it will be absolute poison for fans. There’s no patience or tolerance for seeing this turn into a pi$$ing match amongst lawyers.

  15. goawayeverybody says: Mar 4, 2011 3:00 PM

    Yay! No lockout!

  16. vdaigglesfan says: Mar 4, 2011 3:00 PM

    theshocker98 says:
    Mar 4, 2011 2:23 PM
    I still cannot figure out the difficulty in this process. You have us fans paying a couple hundred bucks a year for fantasy football, just to be pretend owners. The owners in the NFL were all billionaires before they bought these teams, so I don’t understand the need to make more of a profit. I think you own a team because you enjoy sports, like us, you are not doing it to line your pockets. I believe as long as the owners are not losing money, then they are doing okay. If they want a bigger chunk of the “pie” then let them start paying for their own stadiums instead of the burden falling on the taxpayers of their area, who finance these stadiums so their team won’t leave, only to have the owners make money off of it. I almost feel that the owners should have a salary cap as well, let them earn 20 mil in profits, then after that the money goes to the retired players. The NFL is so huge, I mean I just spent a week watching guys run and jump in shorts and tee-shirts, you don’t get that with any other sport, I just don’t want to see it messed up.
    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxHey Tatoo, you just missed your plane out of Fantasy Island bro. Google capitalism sometime.

  17. jleimer says: Mar 4, 2011 3:03 PM

    I want to know is why couldnt both sides kept their mouths shut in the public eye before this mediation process.

  18. wiscoboy says: Mar 4, 2011 3:03 PM

    yawn.

    Gotta LOVE baseball!!!!

  19. thefiesty1 says: Mar 4, 2011 3:05 PM

    Sudden death? No they’ll just extend it another week after the 11th, and again the following week and the week after that, etc. They all like the limelight too much.

  20. Patriot42 says: Mar 4, 2011 3:10 PM

    The owners and players have begun to kill the golden goose as their blame game heightens the goose is getting sick. As ticket prices rise to near $80 a game the average fan finds it becoming out of their reach to attend. I have enjoyed the NFL for 50 years but I think I can live without it.

  21. schemefactory says: Mar 4, 2011 3:13 PM

    hey mick730- the packers reinvest all those monies that would be pocketed by an owner. that’s why they only made 9 mil. they have more scouts than any other team, etc, and don’t have a greedy billionaire using up that cash.

  22. gtmann says: Mar 4, 2011 3:13 PM

    Michael Silver wrote
    .

    Sources on both sides of the conflict agreed on one basic premise: If enough progress is made that another short-term CBA extension – perhaps a week, perhaps two – is announced by Friday night, the players and owners will almost certainly be headed for a settlement that will result in a multi-year deal before the end of this month.

  23. JSpicoli says: Mar 4, 2011 3:13 PM

    Progress my butt.

    Kicking the can down the road more like it and a game of chicken with who can look like they are trying the hardest at stake in the court of public opinion.

    This will not end well, and will not end until someone feels some significant pain. See you in 4 months.

  24. 3octaveFart says: Mar 4, 2011 3:18 PM

    The worst part about this news is the realization we’ll be spoon fed 7 more days of PFT speculation.

    “They’re close No, they’re not! Yes, they are!”
    ..repeat ad nauseum

  25. vikefan says: Mar 4, 2011 3:21 PM

    As i told all in last update post…..blah blah blah….extentsion for extension for extension for extension. It all means nothing till CBA is done!!! PERIOD!!

  26. myeaglescantwin says: Mar 4, 2011 3:21 PM

    Man i hope to god this labor deal gets done.

    not for anythig more than the ability to trade Kolb and get some more talent .

    to be honest this guy is not as good as the country thinks. He cant throw more than 50 yds. he’s like a younger Pennigton.
    there isnt any talent in the draft for the QBs but there are way better players available in the draft than what Kolb can offer on the field.

    i’d draft the all of these 6’2 215 CBs

  27. armchairgm9 says: Mar 4, 2011 3:33 PM

    It’s going to be groundhog day. There’s going to be another extension. And another. And probably another. Eventually, it will get to a stalemate and someone will relent. It’s the same process that happened with the current CBA was negotiated.

  28. schemefactory says: Mar 4, 2011 3:41 PM

    hey vikefan- you sound like you’re actually looking forward to seeing the packers whoop your boys again. that’s called gluttony for punishment!

  29. tommythek says: Mar 4, 2011 3:46 PM

    I’ve got David Fehr on my fantasy negotiating team but had to give him Metamucil to get any points out of him.

  30. theshocker98 says: Mar 4, 2011 3:52 PM

    Haha!! Fantasy Island bro?? Glad to see the senior center got internet for you guys to post down there now. Maybe next year they can get you another channel besides TV Land!!!

  31. stairwayto7 says: Mar 4, 2011 4:11 PM

    Lets extend talks 7 days, however we are taking the weekend off?
    Remember bad news is always given on a Friday afternoon so be prepared for a lockout next Friday!

  32. edgy says: Mar 4, 2011 5:01 PM

    mick730 says:

    ****************

    Per Forbes:

    The only NFL franchise owned by the public took a big hit from asset devaluations during the past year. The Green Bay Packers net income fell 80% last year, to $4 million, due in large part to a $50 million decrease in the value of its investment portfolio. It is believed most of the team’s investments are in stocks and real estate. But the team’s balance sheet remains rock-solid with shareholders’ equity of $233 million and total liabilities of just $65 million. There are no other professional sports in Green Bay and the team has a waiting list of over 70,000 names for season tickets.

    Sound like a franchise in trouble? FYI, despite this “loss”, the Packers went from 17th in 2009 to 14th in 2010.

  33. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Mar 4, 2011 6:02 PM

    Since it’s going to overtime, don’t the new rules say that both sides get a chance to get the ball?

  34. bucforever says: Mar 4, 2011 6:59 PM

    I am still not “holding any breath” over this stuff. Both sides make enough damn money. This thing should be 100% about benefits for health issues caused by the pounding these players take for our intertainment. It is really sad to hear the stories of the damage done and lack of care given to make things right or the players that are out of the game. Really sad. Other industries are made to accept the responsibility of caring for their ex employees who suffer from job related health issues. Almost makes me want to boycott watching them play anymore. I said almost!

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