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Small Massachusetts newspaper claims lockout “almost over”

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We ignored the link the first time a reader sent it.  But when it came the fifth time, we decided it made sense to address it, even if it meant to dispute it.

The Eagle-Tribune of North Andover, Massachusetts reports that the lockout is “almost over.”

Actually, the headline says it’s “almost over.”  The body of the article, written by Bill Burt, says that the lockout is indeed over.

Burt claims that the NFL and owners reached an agreement in principle today.  But there are three major flaws in the report.

First, Burt claims that “[s]ome coaches and players have been contacted about returning to work probably early next week and as soon as this weekend.”  Apart from the fact that coaches have continued to work throughout the lockout, if “coaches and players” had been contacted, word of the lifted lockout and new CBA would have spread like wildfire, and a lot more people than a reporter for a small paper in Massachusetts would be reporting it.

Second, Burt writes that “[t]he two sides were meeting secretly in Manhattan the last three days.”  Technically, they were meeting in Long Island.  More significantly, the meetings ended on Wednesday, in only their second day.

Third, Patriots owner Bob Kraft said earlier today that “a lot of hard work” still remained before a deal could be reached.

So while we hope the lockout eventually will be over, there’s no reason to believe that it’s ending in the immediate future.

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41 Responses to “Small Massachusetts newspaper claims lockout “almost over””
  1. panther74 says: Jun 9, 2011 6:14 PM

    MAAAAAAAN I hope so!

  2. thephantomstranger says: Jun 9, 2011 6:17 PM

    Although I have more faith in the North Andover Eagle-Tribune than I do in the New York Times, I highly doubt this story has any basis in fact.

  3. donnymacjack says: Jun 9, 2011 6:19 PM

    It does. It’s over. Announcement soon.

  4. moneymike23 says: Jun 9, 2011 6:20 PM

    hahaha….I hope I’m wrong but its hard seeing a lockout not go into the regular season.

  5. tommyf15 says: Jun 9, 2011 6:21 PM

    The Eagle-Tribune of North Andover

    It’s actually the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune. :)

  6. jackdiesel says: Jun 9, 2011 6:23 PM

    Doesn’t matter if the article is wrong or right to them, they just got the most hits in the website’s history.

  7. tommybr4 says: Jun 9, 2011 6:24 PM

    Let’s hope this could be true.

  8. jleimer says: Jun 9, 2011 6:29 PM

    Once again until there is a press conference stating we have a deal the lockout is still on. As far as this paper goes they just gave us a nice April Fools Joke in June.

  9. jcusa514 says: Jun 9, 2011 6:30 PM

    thephantomstranger says:
    Jun 9, 2011 6:17 PM
    Although I have more faith in the North Andover Eagle-Tribune than I do in the New York Times, I highly doubt this story has any basis in fact.
    ____________________________________
    hahahaha, amen to the ny times comment

  10. 7370355q says: Jun 9, 2011 6:31 PM

    I’d be laughing my ass off if this newspaper turned out to be right and showed all the “big reporters” the door.

  11. chatham10 says: Jun 9, 2011 6:33 PM

    I talked to a guy in the bar last night and he told me the lockout will be over next week and that will be followed up by a space ship landing and taking us away.

  12. pack45champ says: Jun 9, 2011 6:35 PM

    Good lord, lets hope so. I meed me some real football news.

  13. frankiefiveangels says: Jun 9, 2011 6:40 PM

    I hope Burt is right this time. He has been on WEEI radio for many years and seemed to have less credibility that Baghdad Bob and Anthony Weiner on their worst day.

  14. schmitty2 says: Jun 9, 2011 6:40 PM

    Did anyone ask Peter King? He knows everything

  15. hodag54501 says: Jun 9, 2011 6:50 PM

    Like a true lawyer, you have tried to defrag the core of the facts by nit-picking details.

    The core of what the writer is presenting is the two sides have come very close to an agreement.

    All the rest of it is simply trying to nail a source who moved ahead of of this website with the story.

    If someone fine-tooth-combed the reports here, you would find the same type of clickity-clack.

  16. pallidrone says: Jun 9, 2011 6:56 PM

    I remember a small time blogger that use to post rumors that none of the big guys ever got.

  17. siggy00 says: Jun 9, 2011 7:08 PM

    Goodell manservant Greg Aiello just tweeted this:

    Joint NFL-NFLPA-Yogi Berra Statement: “It’s not over till it’s over.”
    ____________

    I’d say it’s over, all they have to do now is dot the i’s and cross the t’s.

  18. PanchoHerreraFanClub says: Jun 9, 2011 7:09 PM

    Of course, you buried the lead in your analysis. It’s must be tough on the ego to get scooped by small time reporter that actually works for a living instead reading tweets.

  19. lance19 says: Jun 9, 2011 7:21 PM

    Whether or not it’s true,
    it’s just nice to be hearing about
    something other than Anthony’s Weiner!

  20. bearsrulepackdrool says: Jun 9, 2011 7:44 PM

    I told yall it would be over on or before the 21st of this month.

  21. imamanim40 says: Jun 9, 2011 7:45 PM

    Bill Burt’s a moron…anyone who knows who he is can agree…don’t believe a word

  22. steelertom says: Jun 9, 2011 7:45 PM

    please let this be true. there is nothing to talk about in pittsburgh. everybody in pgh is thrilled that our baseball team is .500 in june lol i cant take anymore pirates talk. please lets get it together. i think 9 billion is enough to go around.

  23. jimmysee says: Jun 9, 2011 7:47 PM

    Maybe the Long Island talks were a decoy and the real secret negotiations were taking place in Manhattan away from the press.

  24. bison4me says: Jun 9, 2011 7:48 PM

    For what it’s worth, this guy isn’t go so far as saying a deal is done, but he also got news from two different players that a deal is closely to being completed by the end of the month: http://blog.chron.com/fantasyfootball/2011/06/according-to-a-couple-of-sources-nfl-lockout-could-be-over-sooner-than-you-think/

  25. jimmysee says: Jun 9, 2011 7:49 PM

    I actually think the way to end this quickly is to threaten the players that if they do not come to a deal by Sunday, the league will substitute as its negotiating team Al Davis, Mike Brown, and Virginia McCaskey.

  26. stairwayto7 says: Jun 9, 2011 7:57 PM

    ESPN is sending Mort, Sheff and the crypt keeper there now to see if its true! They will break this story at 10:oopm tonight!

  27. phinfan says: Jun 9, 2011 8:03 PM

    The Eagle-Tribune of North Andover,

    Ah, the Eagle-Tribune: The prognosticators of prognosticating.

  28. mathsimillion says: Jun 9, 2011 8:11 PM

    This guy should have his media credentials yanked for some sort of fraudulent reporting. I mean most of the MSM reports opinion but at least we know it’s opinions. It sounds like this guy is reporting this as fact.

    Are you guys sure you didn’t just read this off his blog post that he updates from his Grandma’s basement?

  29. stugie says: Jun 9, 2011 8:19 PM

    The Article:

    A deal to end the National Football League’s lockout is almost complete, according to an NFL source.

    According to an the source, owners and players were close to an agreement today to end the lockout, which entered its 86th day today.

    1) Almost complete
    2) Were close

    PFT:

    The body of the article, written by Bill Burt, says that the lockout is indeed over.

    Where did it say it “is indeed over?”

  30. reidstinks says: Jun 9, 2011 8:45 PM

    mathsimillion says:
    Jun 9, 2011 8:11 PM
    This guy should have his media credentials yanked for some sort of fraudulent reporting. I mean most of the MSM reports opinion but at least we know it’s opinions.

    Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    Just because you don’t like what is reported doesn’t mean it’s opinion. I hate to break it to you, the truth is not your right wing ideologue. Get out of you echo chamber and you will soon realize that the MSM is not reporting opinion just the facts.

  31. thirdngoal says: Jun 9, 2011 9:00 PM

    Next someone will tell us the world is gonna end soon also………………wait didnt we hear that?

  32. macker1283 says: Jun 9, 2011 9:02 PM

    As a sports fan from Massachusetts, while he indeed writes for a regional newspaper in Massachusetts, Bill Burt is fairly well known and respected sports writer in New England.

  33. meekdog78 says: Jun 9, 2011 9:19 PM

    The devil is in the details. When someone lies, they often try to make the lie sound more credible by adding details. The details in this article don’t mesh with the facts. So either the reporter is wrong, or his source is wrong, or both.

    If I publish an article with a headline that says “the world is ending” and in the body I say that a meteor the size of Texas is going to slam into Antarctica on June 18th, then on June 27th, a nuclear war wipes everyone out, was I right because my headline was simply “the world is ending”? No, the details don’t make sense, so the overall premise is based on nothing.

  34. easyeddie says: Jun 9, 2011 9:27 PM

    reidstinks says:
    Jun 9, 2011 8:45 PM
    mathsimillion says:
    Jun 9, 2011 8:11 PM
    This guy should have his media credentials yanked for some sort of fraudulent reporting. I mean most of the MSM reports opinion but at least we know it’s opinions.

    Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    Just because you don’t like what is reported doesn’t mean it’s opinion. I hate to break it to you, the truth is not your right wing ideologue. Get out of you echo chamber and you will soon realize that the MSM is not reporting opinion just the facts.

    _________________________________-

    Is everyone who criticizes the MSM a right-wing idealogue?

  35. bwisnasky says: Jun 9, 2011 9:34 PM

    I actually think the way to end this quickly is to threaten the players that if they do not come to a deal by Sunday, the league will substitute as its negotiating team Al Davis, Mike Brown, and Virginia McCaskey.

    ——————————————-

    Funny you should say that when in the past a deal was struck, it was usually Al Davis that bought into it and brought the small market teams along with him…. but then again, who cares about history. As Sarah Palin or Rick Perry… history is overrated.

  36. fancyleague says: Jun 9, 2011 9:38 PM

    My interest in the league is almost back too.

    Nah, just kidding. It won’t be back ever.

  37. joelvis72 says: Jun 9, 2011 9:57 PM

    Dewey defeats Truman!

  38. geo1113 says: Jun 9, 2011 10:33 PM

    tommyf15 says:
    Jun 9, 2011 6:21 PM
    The Eagle-Tribune of North Andover

    It’s actually the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune.
    _______________

    No, tommy, it is no longer the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune. They dropped Lawrence in the late 80s. It is now the Eagle-Tribune and is located in North Andover, a half mile from my home.

  39. sourdough says: Jun 9, 2011 10:42 PM

    I have visions of “W” standing on the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln in 2003 and proclaiming, “Mission Accomplished!” I hope I’m wrong.

  40. trenaro says: Jun 9, 2011 10:53 PM

    How many times do I need to say it, By July 1st we will have football. Source – me.

  41. reidstinks says: Jun 10, 2011 6:36 AM

    easyeddie says:
    Jun 9, 2011 9:27 PM
    reidstinks says:
    Jun 9, 2011 8:45 PM
    mathsimillion says:
    Jun 9, 2011 8:11 PM
    This guy should have his media credentials yanked for some sort of fraudulent reporting. I mean most of the MSM reports opinion but at least we know it’s opinions.

    Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    Just because you don’t like what is reported doesn’t mean it’s opinion. I hate to break it to you, the truth is not your right wing ideologue. Get out of you echo chamber and you will soon realize that the MSM is not reporting opinion just the facts.

    _________________________________-

    Is everyone who criticizes the MSM a right-wing idealogue?

    Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    No, but probably 95% are so just playing the odds. The MSM may do some pretty stupid stuff trying to fill their 24 hour news cycle but rarely do they actually editorialize the news and that precise charge is levied at 100-1 to ratio by conservatives/tea party types. So my sincere apologies if you are one of the 5% living in the lefty world that has decided that the right wingers have a point about the MSM and blame them for everything.

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