Our belief that keeping the lawyers away from the process can only speed up a resolution to the lockout may have been bolstered by one of the lawyers himself, as the league’s chief negotiator, Jeff Pash, indicated today that he expects to have plenty of work to do before the lockout ends.
Asked how close an agreement is, Pash wouldn’t say the end of the lockout is near.
“I have no idea,” Pash said. “We have to spend a significant amount of time with the players. There’s a lot of work to be done for both parties. I don’t think there’s any way to say it’s close or not close.”
Pash did say, however, that the NFL remains committed to spending whatever time it takes to get it done.
“We’re going to meet with them soon,” Pash said, “and we’re eager to accelerate the pace of the negotiations.”