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.