Following Florio’s report regarding incremental financial progress between the NFL and NFLPA on Thursday, we bring you another report of possible progress.
Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com reports that “some NFL owners” that want to completely open their books to the union. Other owners disagree.
It’s worth wondering a few things here:
1. If books were opened, how long would negotiations be stalled? Freeman writes a deal could likely be “reached quite quickly” if the books are opened.
We’ve heard other opinions from people more educated in financial matters than us that the union would need weeks, if not months to truly digest the information made available.
2. Leaks have not slowed down Thursday. We’re bound to hear in response to this report that the owners are more united than Freeman’s report suggests. The union has something to gain by painting a picture in which the owners are fighting amongst themselves.
The truth, like so much in this labor mess, may reside somewhere in the middle.