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Can Thursday’s progress survive the weekend?

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Ideally, the NFL and the NFLPA* would have continued to bargain through Friday and into Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, if necessary.  By sticking with the process, the momentum that surely was established on Thursday night could have been not only maintained but also enhanced, possibly even pushing the parties toward a deal.

With the talks breaking until Tuesday, the challenge for both sides becomes finding a way to pick up where they left off, as quickly as possible, when the discussions resume.

It could be easier said than done, especially since the owners and key players reportedly won’t return until Thursday of next week.  That leaves Tuesday and Wednesday for recent progress potentially to be undone.  Not to mention Saturday, Sunday, and Monday for feet to get cold again.

It’s important, then, for the men leading the charge for each side, Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith, to do everything they can to carry the vibe from Thursday into Tuesday.  They need to support each other, and they need to make good decisions about how to manage the folks in their respective camps so that talks don’t go backward again when the talks resume.

It’s also critical for the respective constituents to fully support Goodell and Smith to now do the jobs they were hired to do.  The owners, based on last week’s meeting in Chicago, seem to be behind Goodell.  The players, many of whom were clamoring for negotiations to resume in late May and who possibly have been silent since then, would be wise to let their team representatives and Executive Committee members know over the weekend that they trust De Smith to do the best deal in order to allow the full preseason to be salvaged.

Even though the players don’t get game checks until September, the money earned during the preseason goes into the pot that determines the salary cap.  Thus, if the preseason is lost, everyone will lose their cut of $800 million, and that money is never coming back.

The money won’t be lost if a deal gets done in the next week.  We’re not going to make any predictions, but it seems like a real possibility.  If whatever happened last night can survive into next week.

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25 Responses to “Can Thursday’s progress survive the weekend?”
  1. trbowman says: Jul 1, 2011 6:46 PM

    “Not to mention Saturday, Sunday, and Monday for feet to get cold again.”

    Taking off the holiday weekend is one thing…..but if they don’t have a deal by the end of next week, there’s no excuse for not meeting through the weekend.

  2. bearskoolaid1985 says: Jul 1, 2011 6:59 PM

    Kessler (THE NFL/NBA KILLNG LAWYER) will most likely do his best to wipe out any progress that the owners and players have gotten done. It has happened before and you can bet it will happen again on Tuesday and Wednesday.
    If I were the players I would be calling De Smith and tell him to put a muzzle on Kessler (THE NFL/NBA KILLNG LAWYER) for they are the clients and he should be doing what the clients want and not his own personal agenda.
    Look out NBA he is going to do this to you.

  3. stairwayto7 says: Jul 1, 2011 7:06 PM

    The owners do not care if they lose a season as most will still mak3 money. Jerry Jones is holding all other events at the stadium. The owners do not care about the fans….

  4. clblay78 says: Jul 1, 2011 7:06 PM

    I don’t have a problem with them taking a break for the holiday weekend. It’s a weekend to spend with families. These guys know what’s on the line. Look for a deal to be done late next week

  5. tehmuff1nm4n says: Jul 1, 2011 7:09 PM

    @trbowman

    They should even be working through the holiday weekend. As far as I am concerned, this holiday weekend is for the working folk. They’ve already had their 100+ day vacation. Not to mention their “work” consist of meeting for 3 days a week. We’ve waited long enough, it’s time to put the hammer down and power through this CBA.

  6. waccoforflacco says: Jul 1, 2011 7:35 PM

    As I’ve said before…they will settle on or about the 15th. If they had settled today nobody would have had a holiday weekend …AND free agency would have started. The owners and players are stringing it out according to THE PLAN.

  7. gregski79 says: Jul 1, 2011 7:40 PM

    NFL games are played on Sundays and holidays. They should be negotiating this weekend just like they play the games.

  8. djaehne says: Jul 1, 2011 7:58 PM

    Take the year off guys. Whats the hurry. Not like there won’t be every thing imaginable waiting to
    take your place with our time and money.

  9. nflfan101 says: Jul 1, 2011 8:10 PM

    Talk and talking is cheap. The fact is that one or both sides does/do not want to make a deal.

    If both sides wanted to make a deal, they would already have made a deal.

  10. supersuckers3 says: Jul 1, 2011 8:17 PM

    stairwayto7 says:
    Jul 1, 2011 7:06 PM
    The owners do not care if they lose a season as most will still mak3 money. Jerry Jones is holding all other events at the stadium. The owners do not care about the fans….
    ——-

    You obviously have zero business sense with that ignorant comment. Also, if you are a Zepplin fan, they ripped off their biggest songs, including your screen name, from lesser known acts. They we’re a freakin’ cover band.

  11. purpleman527 says: Jul 1, 2011 8:21 PM

    This whole ” a deal is close” talk must be a drug.

    Because you all have been saying “a deal is close” since March 3, 2011.

    That’s 4 months of day by day, blow by blow coverage of ” a deal is close”.

    De Smith has said on at least two occassions that a deal isn’t close. Yet you assume and continue to hope and report that “a deal is close”.

    Why?

  12. any2many says: Jul 1, 2011 8:21 PM

    @ stairwayto7 . Like Peyton Manning cares that Joe and Burt 6 pack got laid off and can’t afford tickets. But he damn sure wants to be the highest paid player. You’re a fool if you think this is all on the owners. The players self entitlement is as much to blame.

  13. tmaczoozoo says: Jul 1, 2011 8:39 PM

    Ha!

    Nope…

  14. dolphins1121 says: Jul 1, 2011 8:43 PM

    I work for an airline at an airport near the Andrews Institute, and I have seen about 7 players from various teams come through over the last few days. This to me seems like an indication that a deal may be coming soon, and the players are coming to see Dr. Andrews before camps start. Could just be wishful thinking, but I have not seen this many players come through the airport in such a short time span before, so who knows?

  15. scott8nj says: Jul 1, 2011 8:59 PM

    Three days off is not enough, take 4 and have the owners and key players not return until Thursday. Seems like a good time to take a week off. There’s nothing important coming up. As I said before, if everyone wanted football we would have football.

  16. AlanSaysYo says: Jul 1, 2011 9:05 PM

    Just go enjoy your weekend, Mike. You’re gonna get slammed from the 5th to next offseason when you get back anyway.

  17. Soulman45 says: Jul 1, 2011 9:36 PM

    They need not work on the weekend but get back as soon is possible.

  18. msclemons67 says: Jul 1, 2011 10:04 PM

    DeSmith and Goodell get all the flak but it sure seems like the s*** hit the fan when they left to visit the rookies.

    I’m starting to think they’re the only ones keeping this from completely blowing up.

  19. goldsteel says: Jul 1, 2011 11:04 PM

    If the owners stop changing the deal then maybe the deal will get done. With Jerry Jones involved, I’m skeptical that any deal will get done. All the NFL fans should reward the NFL whenever the first game is played by not attending any of the games. Empty stadiums across the country. A thank you from the fans.

  20. riverhorsey says: Jul 2, 2011 12:38 AM

    the progress better survive or the season is lost.

  21. lovesportsandsurfing says: Jul 2, 2011 2:21 AM

    Why dont you all get drunk for three days and enjoy the holiday weekend,..you can all resume your daily anxiety about the CBA tuesday,…go have a cold beer and a joint.

  22. goawayeverybody says: Jul 2, 2011 2:41 AM

    It’s funny. The analysts at nfl.com paint a completely different picture than this site does. According to Rich Eisen and others, the talks are on the brink of unraveling at any moment. Over here, it’s always “progress, progress, progress.”

    Who’s right?

  23. dewalt2990 says: Jul 2, 2011 7:01 AM

    Lose momentum? Aren’t they writing anything down?

  24. jamu1 says: Jul 2, 2011 11:30 AM

    Get the lawyers out of the room, roll the sleeves up, and get the deal done. I want football in 2011.

  25. TIM says: Jul 2, 2011 12:10 PM

    “The players, many of whom were clamoring for negotiations to resume in late May and who possibly have been silent since then, would be wise to let their team representatives and Executive Committee members know over the weekend that they trust De Smith to do the best deal ”
    —————————————————-

    Are you kidding ??? If the players trust that Ambulance chaser after all the lies he has told them about the negotiations and after the wasted 3 Months after he had them walk out of negotiations where the owners were making compromise proposals right and left,with no response from Smith, and after he went to court for no reason and got hammered by the owners,then the players are more stupid than I thought most of them were (and that is pretty stupid,in general).
    Get a fair deal done and then let Smith’s contract run out next year and then next time learn the lesson that you need someone who knows something about the NFL and who isn’t just a litigator who decides in advance he is not going to negotiate but is going to court no matter what.
    Man do the players miss Gene Upshaw.If Gene was still with us the deal would have been DONE about 3 Months ago !

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