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Fujita confirms progress is being made

Scott Fujita AP

The positive signs continue to emerge regarding the ongoing labor talks, which took on a new dynamic last week via negotiations occurring without the lawyers involved.

According to Will Burge of WKNR in Cleveland, Browns linebacker Scott Fujita said Friday that “progress is being made, slowly but surely.”

That’s good news, assuming that the progress continues.  At some point, things need to speed up, considerably.

Hopefully, that point is coming.

We’ve separately heard the NFLPA* executive director DeMaurice Smith has been updating players from specific teams regarding the status of the discussions.  The obvious challenge in this regard comes from adhering to the court-mandated confidentiality while also giving the players useful information.

It’s too early to assume a deal is coming (notwithstanding a stray report that the lockout is “over,” which quickly was massaged without comment to “almost over”), but for the first time since the lockout began it’s becoming more and more clear that the parties are motivated to set aside the acrimony and focus on finding a win-win solution.  Both sides deserve plenty of credit for putting the interests of the game and the fans above short-term strategies aimed at finagling a “win” at the bargaining table, or in court.

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31 Responses to “Fujita confirms progress is being made”
  1. killxswitch says: Jun 10, 2011 10:37 PM

    “At some point, things need to speed up, considerably.”

    —————–

    Considerably indeed. July is not acceptable. Both sides have known about this for years. The specific issues of contention have been known for months. Just get it done and get free agency started.

    Also, consider pushing the start of the season back a bit so teams with new coaches and systems have time to implement them.

  2. Soulman45 says: Jun 10, 2011 10:44 PM

    Get her done.

  3. smittydub says: Jun 10, 2011 10:45 PM

    When this is all said and done you should be very proud of the reporting that PFT has done on this labor situation…

  4. apopnj says: Jun 10, 2011 10:46 PM

    boooring!! wake me up when its over

  5. mizzouram says: Jun 10, 2011 10:49 PM

    They are feeling the pressure on both sides.The NFL is hurting from bad ticket sales and the union from the players going broke.

  6. wwwfella says: Jun 10, 2011 10:50 PM

    Yeah and…wait a minute this just in reports are sketchy but it has been confirmed that the police department in Yellowstone National Park have indeed captured the infamous Bigfoot.

  7. trbowman says: Jun 10, 2011 10:51 PM

    “Also, consider pushing the start of the season back a bit so teams with new coaches and systems have time to implement them.”

    Was gonna thumbs up your comment until I read that.

  8. derekjetersmansion says: Jun 10, 2011 10:59 PM

    @ smittydub

    Giving Goddell a pass for most of what happened is inexcusable. He’s the face of the league.

  9. jodave5 says: Jun 10, 2011 10:59 PM

    By the time payday rolls around, I have about $600 left in my checking account and I consider myself unbelievably lucky. I am entering my 27th season as a Chiefs season ticket holder. Could these idiots put aside their petty differences and hammer out a deal please!

  10. msclemons67 says: Jun 10, 2011 11:11 PM

    I’ll believe it when I see it. A deal was supposedly close back in March before everything exploded. I don’t have much faith that DeSmith and the Jerruhs (Jones and Richardson) can avoid screwing this up.

  11. jacksaysfu says: Jun 10, 2011 11:11 PM

    The deal gotta get done soon . Im over “listening” to my wife speak without actual news and entertainment drowning her out! MAKE A DEAL PLEASE !

  12. killxswitch says: Jun 10, 2011 11:18 PM

    I’m not saying miss games, I’m saying delay the season maybe by a week or two, play the full 16, and give the teams with completely new systems a chance to get up to speed. I’d rather have good games.

  13. Packernet says: Jun 10, 2011 11:18 PM

    It’s not happening. Bigger deals have been worked out over lunch. If they really wanted to do a deal it would be done. We are, as since March 11, awaiting a court decision to give leverage to one side. Talking five hours a week is not urgency. Settling on July 15, two weeks before training camp is not an option. It’s not happening.

  14. thejuddstir says: Jun 10, 2011 11:21 PM

    When the owners and players finally get their heads out of their azzes…..the fans in every nfl city should boycott the first game of the season just to let the owners and players know who is really responsible for making them all rich.

  15. fonetiklee says: Jun 10, 2011 11:23 PM

    I will remain cautiously optimistic until a deal is actually reached. I really do hope a deal is coming soon.

  16. footballfanatic3431 says: Jun 10, 2011 11:25 PM

    Sounds like we are 25% of the way there.

    Hopefullly, by the end of next week, it will be more like 50%.

  17. keeponhating says: Jun 10, 2011 11:32 PM

    You know what they should do with the 1 billion dollars? Give it back to the fans. Lower ticket prices lower merchandise prices. What seems to have been lost by both the owners and players is without the fans they have no money to fight over.

  18. nflfan101 says: Jun 10, 2011 11:41 PM

    Not to rain on anyone’s parade, but I just don’t think that much is happening. Talk is cheap and D. Smith wants to litigate and not negotiate.

    If and when D. Smith decides to make a deal, it will happen fast. Slow and steady progress is what we heard in February and March, before D. Smith walked out of the CBA negotiations, decertified the union, and had certain players file the lawsuit which started this legal mess.

    D. Smith will make a deal only if the 8th circuit upholds the lockout. And that will be because the players will tell him to make a deal.

  19. norcalraider510 says: Jun 10, 2011 11:42 PM

    get i done quick, the nba season is almost over

  20. brownsfrown says: Jun 11, 2011 12:00 AM

    “…progress is being made, slowly but surely.”

    He actually was speaking of the progress of the Clowns towards becoming a professional football team.

    “Just a couple more decades, Browns fans,” he was also quoted as saying, while searching for a towel in the locker room which might not have been tainted with staph.

    On a related note, watching NFL Network and seeing the deflated Mangini being quizzed on the rookie QB prospects made my gut quiver. Hearing him prophesy the future of NFL QBs ought to make any real football fan sick! (eg. – Quinn v. Anderson…where are they now?)

  21. Rhode Island Patriots Fan says: Jun 11, 2011 12:18 AM

    It’s far more important for the owners and players to get this labor agreement done right than to rush the negotiation/settlement process simply in hopes of “beating” the Eighth Circuit before it rules on the appeal. In my view, there is every reason for the owners to want a ruling stating clearly and convincingly that they can legally lock out the players without fear of a district court enjoining that lock. Without the judicially recognized labor law tool of a lockout, the owners would become as vulnerable in future labor negotiations as a lobster without its shell. There is ample time for the Eighth Circuit to issue a ruling and for the parties to settle their labor dispute to ensure the timely start of the 2011 NFL season.

  22. lostsok says: Jun 11, 2011 12:43 AM

    For all the whining and complaining of fans…all the “lawyers are evil” talk…THIS IS WHAT IS SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN.

    You cannot have a true democracy without recourse to the law. You cannot have recourse to the law without a large, cumbersome, often ugly legal system.

    Would you prefer a politburo that just says what is and that’s that? How about a dictator that gets to decide?

    Because if you really, really love America…than you SHOULD love what is happen. It’s democracy in action, warts and all.

    Frankly, I think it’s been an entertaining summer so far!

  23. devrocks247 says: Jun 11, 2011 1:16 AM

    I would’ve given both sides “plenty of credit” if this sort of progress had been made months ago, and if they had continued negotiating without wasting so much time, money, and energy in the courts. As it is, both sides deserve plenty of condemnation for the way they have handled this whole mess.

  24. laeaglefan says: Jun 11, 2011 2:10 AM

    “Also, consider pushing the start of the season back a bit so teams with new coaches and systems have time to implement them”

    Bad idea. As long as training camp starts on time, that should be enough to get the job done. All they’ll be missing out on is the mini camps. Will teams with new coaches and new systems be at a disadvantage? Probably, but that’s life. All parties involved knew that some teams might be affected more than others by the lockout. That didn’t seem to put pressure on either side to speed up the process.

  25. gobolts4lyfe says: Jun 11, 2011 5:54 AM

    “Both sides deserve plenty of credit for putting the interests of the game and the fans above short-term strategies aimed at finagling a “win” at the bargaining table, or in court.”

    Worst line in this article. If that were the case it would never have gotten this far!!!! They aren’t putting the interest of the game and fans above short term strategies. They are missing their paychecks and the owners are losing money!!!

    Now because they are talking and working together, we suddenly forget how much of a bunch of selfish people they were and start kissing their a$$???

    The deal should have been done months ago, they deserve no credit until this deal is done.!!!

  26. ubummer says: Jun 11, 2011 7:12 AM

    lostsok says:

    For all the whining and complaining of fans…all the “lawyers are evil” talk…THIS IS WHAT IS SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN.

    You cannot have a true democracy without recourse to the law. You cannot have recourse to the law without a large, cumbersome, often ugly legal system.

    *************

    Just because they CAN do it, doesn’t mean they SHOULD do it. Idiot.

  27. mneal69 says: Jun 11, 2011 7:29 AM

    Both sides deserve plenty of credit for putting the interests of the game and the fans above short-term strategies aimed at finagling a “win” at the bargaining table, or in court.
    _________________________________

    Credit for what exactly?? If they even care an once for the game or the fans the lockout wouldn’t have lasted this long. This is a stall tactic to make it look like something is being accomplished until the ruling comes down. The only thing they are worried is aboutthe bottom line. The NFL is getting pressured because the networks who going to lose advertising dollars. And the players are feeling the loss of support for their plight.

    Here is what I give the owners and players credit for during the lockout:

    1. Acting like spoiled brats, with their “feel sorry for me” attitudes.
    2. Ignoring the people who actually made the game grow…the fans!!!!
    3. The NFLPA for having two gigantic NIMRODS in their organization. Demaurice Smith- who is looking to make a run in politics and Kevin Mawae-who feels entitled to everything.
    4. The owners and players for not wanting to invest someone of that money back into the communities that supported them by having tax payers flip the majority of the bill for their stadiums. One billion would go along way.

    And lastly not taking care of the players who actually help build this sport.

  28. ralphshere says: Jun 11, 2011 8:23 AM

    Hope they don’t delay just to ease the load for systems with new Head Coaches.

    That would be to penalize the teams that used a strategy of holding the status quo because of the situation, instead of making a change.

  29. melikefootball says: Jun 11, 2011 8:46 AM

    They better hurry, everyday more and more players are making headlines of the troubles they have caused themselves. Won’t be enough player to play at this rate.

  30. laxer37 says: Jun 11, 2011 9:48 AM

    thejuddstir says:

    When the owners and players finally get their heads out of their azzes…..the fans in every nfl city should boycott the first game of the season just to let the owners and players know who is really responsible for making them all rich.
    ————————————————-

    Yeah, and we should then all hold our breath until they say they’re sorry like we did when we were 2 years old. That’ll teach ‘em!

  31. bonniebengal says: Jun 11, 2011 10:22 AM

    “Lostsok says: (After much defending of lawyers which I won’t repaste): “Frankly, I think it’s been an entertaining summer so far!

    1. Are you freaking kidding me?

    2. Are you insane?

    3. Are you DeMaurice Smith?

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