The best part about the fact that the Chicago ownership meeting lasted only one day is that the league and the players can promptly reconvene for more negotiations on Wednesday.
Per multiple reports, the next wave of talks will commence tomorrow, in Boston.
In the past, the parties would meet for a couple of days and then break until the next week. At some point, however, the engagement needs to be more extensive, if the deal is going to be resolved in time for meaningful free agency and a full training camp and preseason.
On Tuesday, Commissioner Roger Goodell suggested that the two sides are willing to do whatever needs to be done to finish the deal. “I speak to fans all the time and the anxiety level is very high. I think the best thing I can tell them at this stage is we’re working as hard as we possibly can and we’ll go the extra mile to try to reach that agreement,” Goodell said. “We know how important football is to fans, and we want to deliver on that.”
Time will tell whether the parties truly will be going the extra mile, or whether they simply want us to think they are. Either way, time is getting short for getting a deal done, especially if our June 30 prediction has any chance of coming to fruition.