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Second extension moves closer to reality

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They previously agreed only to disagree.  They now have agreed to attempt to agree at a later date, twice.

A day after hammering out a one-day extension to Threat Level:  Midnight, the NFL and the players’ union are on the verge of formally extending the deadline by one week or more.

As the two sides meet not together but privately with mediator George Cohen, Daniel Kaplan of SportsBusiness Journal reports that a second extension is “all but a done deal.”

Coupled with Mike Silver’s report that an extension will lead to a new CBA, perhaps this means that a settlement of all issues is “all but a done deal,” too.

That said, things can fall apart even if progress continues to be made.  All it takes is one side taking a hard line on one issue, and the whole thing can implode.

That said, the storm clouds are beginning to dissipate, faster than anyone thought they would.

Perhaps our threat of blaring Dean Martin records helped break the logjam.

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26 Responses to “Second extension moves closer to reality”
  1. arm57romg says: Mar 4, 2011 10:08 AM

    Michael Scott is getting his lawyer.

  2. nothimagain says: Mar 4, 2011 10:09 AM

    I’d love to be the first to admit I was wrong, but I’ll believe a new CBA in the next 6 months is possible when I see it.

  3. johnnyb216 says: Mar 4, 2011 10:10 AM

    Winning!

  4. clintonportisheadd says: Mar 4, 2011 10:11 AM

    If there is a deal you can point to two things-

    1) Judge Doty ruling the the NFL screwed the players on the lockout insurance case and taking away their warchest. Not only did they lose the money and leverage, they were exposed as greedy connivers by the court ruling.

    2) The public becoming increasingly convinced that 31 billionaires did not need more money and that they would be vilified as the jerks who took away football. They realized that the fans would NOT blame both sides BUT would focus blame where it rightly belonged. And lets face it, folks like Snyder, Richardson, Jones, et all are already walking PR disasters for the league.

  5. pftard says: Mar 4, 2011 10:13 AM

    As far as I can tell, the only things being decided is to not decide.

    This is so stupid.., anything being discussed and agreed upon could have and should have been done in these last weeks. I hope they enjoy the deal when it’s done.., it’s all coming at the expense of the overall fanbase, who get’s nothing out of this. Thanks

  6. bfridley says: Mar 4, 2011 10:18 AM

    Should’ve saved that gem of a picture for the future article announcing when a deal is done and the NFL is back in business

  7. BC says: Mar 4, 2011 10:21 AM

    There will be no CBA in place until at least August. This is all a waste of time right now.

  8. pkrlvr says: Mar 4, 2011 10:22 AM

    Glad they are getting it worked out, wouldn’t know what to do without football this fall! I think maybe the players realize if it wasn’t for the NFL 90% of them would be busting rocks or working for people like me. They’re the dumbest college grads I’ve ever seen and should be thanking whatever god they believe in that they have the opportunity to make millions.

  9. oldbyrd says: Mar 4, 2011 10:29 AM

    Bring in Obama to spread the wealth around. Hummm

  10. vanderwerf says: Mar 4, 2011 10:29 AM

    Well if you look close at the picture above, you can see where old Rodger is taking the bribe!

  11. gbsoccer6 says: Mar 4, 2011 10:29 AM

    I get the feeling MF is hoping for a fall out

  12. wtfru2 says: Mar 4, 2011 10:33 AM

    Obama’s threat worked!

  13. annoyingknowitall says: Mar 4, 2011 10:53 AM

    Love the sopranos reference!

  14. buschleaguebandit says: Mar 4, 2011 10:54 AM

    “The scoreboard doesn’t lie, Winning!”

  15. gregjennings85 says: Mar 4, 2011 11:17 AM

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

  16. jw731 says: Mar 4, 2011 11:19 AM

    Coupled with Mike Silver’s report that an extension will lead to a new CBA, perhaps this means that a settlement of all issues is “all but a done deal,” too.
    ——————————————–
    You people are out of you’re mind…Right now the NFL is a 9.3 billion dollar a year industry, and in 3 0r 4 years it could be a 17-18 billion dollar a year industry, you think the owners don’t realize this forecast, and you think they still wanna give the players 60%?……Seriously? This entire greed fest will drag on, with many court appearances, and lawyer crapola…..No deal is on the horizon….these aren’t goodwill people, worried about the effect on the american economy, on either side……..

  17. nygdefenserules says: Mar 4, 2011 11:27 AM

    With a lockout/decertification, the only ones who lose are the fans. They are making the right decision to extend. Not sure why they didn’t two weeks ago, but I guess they were each hoping the other would cave.

    Now – settle on a 17 game season (with one game overseas/Mexico/Canada, etc) and 2 Preseason games.

    50/50 split of profits

    Rookie wage scale with MAX 3 years contracts to rookies….

  18. olcap says: Mar 4, 2011 11:34 AM

    Thank you, Judge Doty, for without your removal of the NFL’s illegal slush fund, (the only purpose of which was to simply give the owners an unfair advantage in the negotiations process), they definitely would have staged the lockout yesterday. Judge Doty should be inducted into the HOF.

  19. nooittall says: Mar 4, 2011 11:36 AM

    I could listen to Stubenville’s own Dean Martin all day long. That’s amore!

  20. bmuhler says: Mar 4, 2011 11:41 AM

    Here is a pie growewr for you. Since the league has to pay the players 60% of revenue, why don’t the players have to pay the league 40% of thier endorsment money. I bet that would get payton’s attention.

  21. beerndonuts says: Mar 4, 2011 11:43 AM

    clintonportisheadd says: Mar 4, 2011 10:11 AM

    If there is a deal you can point to two things-

    1) Judge Doty ruling the the NFL screwed the players on the lockout insurance case and taking away their warchest. Not only did they lose the money and leverage, they were exposed as greedy connivers by the court ruling.

    2) The public becoming increasingly convinced that 31 billionaires did not need more money and that they would be vilified as the jerks who took away football. They realized that the fans would NOT blame both sides BUT would focus blame where it rightly belonged. And lets face it, folks like Snyder, Richardson, Jones, et all are already walking PR disasters for the league.

    ————————————————–

    Ummmm, yeah… biased much Union Guy?

    I partially agree on the first point, that Doty’s ruling hurt the owners rock solid position.

    However, if there were a second point, it’s that the public doesn’t blindly side with the ‘little guy’ against ‘the man’ anymore, and De Smith is savvy enough to realize that.

    We’re seeing more union backlash than most people anticipated all across the country. While PFT’s up and down rating system is as scientifically proven as those balance bracelets, there’s as much support for the owner position as the union, maybe even more.

  22. spartyfi says: Mar 4, 2011 11:49 AM

    I hope they come to terms because my Lions will be losing a ton of money if they don’t. Unlike most teams, the Lions new stadium was 100% privately funded, not gov’t help which means they have a ton of debt and with no football and no $$$ they will have no way of paying those debts…in other words, they’ll be just like everyone else in Detroit.

    get this thing done because the Lions are sooooo close to getting this thing turning around and I don’t need a lockout messing that up!

  23. montsta says: Mar 4, 2011 12:38 PM

    With no contact allowed with team trainers and medical staff, I’m actually just a little bit excited that over the course of the summer when I take my daughter to our local Kaiser Permanente, I just may see some NFL players in line next to me.

    And they’ll probably still bitch about the co-pay.

  24. clownburger says: Mar 4, 2011 12:55 PM

    Uh, a lot of us called this. Don’t speak for US, say that YOU were wrong.

    This will get worked out.

    It’s obvious you’re hoping it’s not worked out. You like doom and gloom articles.

  25. teeray3 says: Mar 4, 2011 1:44 PM

    Beerndonuts –

    Actually there isn’t a backlash against unions nationally, but just in Republican legislative circles. The fact that the Governor of Wisconsin’s approval rating went from 52% to around 40% after he would not budge on breaking the Union shows this.

    FURTHERMORE, KEEP YOUR POLITICS OUT OF MY FOOTBALL. For all the people complaining that the players get too much of the pie, next time go look at your companies balance sheets, labor is the biggest cost.

    Also stop being inaccurate, the players got 59.5% of the remaining $8 Billion which comes to 52.8%. Which is on par with most industries. (And they do pay for stadiums by leaving the $1 billion out.)

    Furthermore, do you REALLY want NFL players like Peyton Manning to start negotiating contracts like movie stars. Do you want to see them request additional percentage points on the costs of their jerseys? Do you want to see them ask for a cut of the concessions, ticket prices, etc . . . And before you say they aren’t worth it, do you think Lucas Oil gets built without Peyton? The Colts may say NO WAY, but some teams would be willing to give this up for a ring and the profits that would bring. AND THEN HOW MUCH DO YOU THINK YOUR TICKETS, JERSEY, NFL SUNDAY TICKET,ETC… WOULD COST????

  26. radrhatr says: Mar 4, 2011 2:01 PM

    They extended yesterday, so they could all watch “Fairly Legal” on TV.

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