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More evidence of “significant” progress made on Thursday

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Michael Silver’s piece for Yahoo! Sports about Thursday’s CBA session should be required reading for NFL fans.  It’s probably the most hopeful and substantive bit of labor news we’ve seen in five years.

Silver wrote that both sides would view another extension of talks Friday as nearly an  “ironclad statement that a deal is forthcoming.”

While there is a long way to go before an agreement is reached, more cautious optimism is beginning to slip out of Washington.

SI’s Peter King was told by a source that “serious, significant progress” was made on key issues Thursday.   “This is not a sham, but it is very fragile,” the source said.

Significant progress, even if it’s fragile, is a bit step from where we were Wednesday.

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13 Responses to “More evidence of “significant” progress made on Thursday”
  1. joeflaccosunibrow says: Mar 4, 2011 9:31 AM

    Amazing how much someone is willing to negotiate when the don’t have “lockout insurance”.

  2. shallowfan says: Mar 4, 2011 9:37 AM

    This is great news. I hope it’s accurate.

  3. shallowfan says: Mar 4, 2011 9:39 AM

    I also believe along with the TV contracts, politicians commenting on the cba motivated the owners…the last thing the league wants is the govt stepping in.

  4. chocopoppy says: Mar 4, 2011 9:42 AM

    If it takes a lockout to get a deal where corrections are made to the rookie wage scale, improved retiree pension and health benefits, etc., then so be it. I also continue to favor a system of paying annuity-like signing bonuses instead of lump sums would benefit the players in the long run (of course, it’ll never happen).

  5. chapnastier says: Mar 4, 2011 9:43 AM

    joeflaccosunibrow says: Mar 4, 2011 9:31 AM

    Amazing how much someone is willing to negotiate when the don’t have “lockout insurance”.
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    Pretty bold claim when we have no factual information of what is going on in the meetings. One could infer that it is amazing how much someone is willing to negotiate once they find out an anti-trust law suit will take 6 months at a minimum and you wont receive a pay check for at least that time.

  6. CKL says: Mar 4, 2011 9:48 AM

    I’m not so sure it’s just the loss of lockout insurance a/k/a the loan itself that scared the owners…I think it’s more of the reality sinking in that if the players decertify and it goes to Doty the owners chance of having anything go their way is slim to none.
    And if that’s what it took to get the owners’ butts motivated, I am glad it happened.

  7. clintonportisheadd says: Mar 4, 2011 10:03 AM

    “SI’s Peter King was told by a source that “serious, significant progress” was made on key issues Thursday. “This is not a sham, but it is very fragile,” the source said.”

    —————
    Puh leeze! King has been the owner’s mouthpiece for years. He is so far up Goodell’s butt it’s become an industry joke. Anything he says on this subject must be taken with much more than a grain of salt.

  8. marvsleezy says: Mar 4, 2011 10:07 AM

    The players are on a roll now – Now is clearly the time to slip in a demand for a 15 game season!!

    #canthurt

  9. 3octaveFart says: Mar 4, 2011 10:09 AM

    Every other story you post says the exact opposite.

    One minute it’s “an agreement is imminent”
    The next it’s “the sides are miles apart”

    ..and you just keep ping-ponging back and forth between them.
    I realize it’s the off season and you guys need filler to justify your existence, but geez, c’mon

  10. 3octaveFart says: Mar 4, 2011 10:13 AM

    Every other story you post says the exact opposite.

    One minute it’s “an agreement is imminent”
    The next it’s “the sides are miles apart”

    ..and you just keep ping-ponging back and forth between them.
    I realize it’s the off season and you guys need filler, but geez, c’mon

  11. stellarperformance says: Mar 4, 2011 11:08 AM

    If the season is cancelled and they don’t play again until September, 2012, the good news for the Packers is that they will be the reigning champs for a long long time.

  12. gregjennings85 says: Mar 4, 2011 11:14 AM

    Please, for the sake of NFL fans everywhere, get this deal done.

  13. prior0knowledge says: Mar 4, 2011 12:40 PM

    Please, please, please for the sake of America’s productivity, close down the NFL, so most of Monday work time won’t be wasted talking about previous weekend’s game(s). See, goes both ways :)

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