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.

41 responses to “Small Massachusetts newspaper claims lockout “almost over”

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.
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    hahahaha, amen to the ny times comment

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Goodell manservant Greg Aiello just tweeted this:

    Joint NFL-NFLPA-Yogi Berra Statement: “It’s not over till it’s over.”
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    I’d say it’s over, all they have to do now is dot the i’s and cross the t’s.

  9. 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.

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

  11. 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.

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

  13. 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.

  14. 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?

  15. 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?”

  16. 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.

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    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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

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

  20. 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.

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    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.

  21. My interest in the league is almost back too.

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

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

    It’s actually the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune.
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    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.

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

  24. 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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