Though the NFL and the NFLPA still have a long way to go in order to strike a deal (or, best case, an extension to keep working on a possible deal), we’re told that the financial gap between the parties continues to shrink.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the gap currently is under $700 million per year. And there’s still plenty of room to move.
The talks began with the NFL wanting an extra $1 billion off the top before application of the formula that pays the players 59.6 cents of every dollar generated. While there’s still a long way to go, and obviously a short time to get there, more than 30 percent of the mountain has been chipped away.
It ain’t much. But it’s progress. At a time when it feels like this thing is about to blow sky high, we’ll take it.