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July 17 emerges as target for the announcement of a deal

We’ve got no interest in breaking the news that a new labor deal has been finalized.  When it happens, plenty of people will have it within minutes, and within minutes after that it will be officially announced.

But keeping with our mission of sharing with PFT Planet the things we’re hearing from our network of sources, we’re hearing that an agreement in principle, subject to league and court approval, currently is expected to be announced on July 17.

Whether a new deal is announced on July 17 is a separate question.  The story for now is that July 17 has emerged as the potential target.

Like every other aspect of the lockout story (which is about to cause Drew Magary’s heart and/or head to explode and/or implode), this one is subject to change.  And change it probably will.

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85 Responses to “July 17 emerges as target for the announcement of a deal”
  1. jm11890 says: Jul 12, 2011 3:42 PM

    hilarious, i thought it was july 18, or july 21, or july 31 or september 3??

  2. ampats says: Jul 12, 2011 3:44 PM

    The only acceptable change to the July 17th date would be sooner.

  3. cakemixa says: Jul 12, 2011 3:44 PM

    Cool story, bro.

  4. silverhornet says: Jul 12, 2011 3:46 PM

    17th is a Sunday, which is odd because these guys don’t work on Sundays, or Saturdays, or Mondays, or Tuesdays… or Holidays…

  5. kevin says: Jul 12, 2011 3:46 PM

    I’m cautiously optimistic but won’t believe it until I see it.

  6. bengalsown says: Jul 12, 2011 3:46 PM

    **Insert comment “from someone who has absolutely no idea what’s going on in these negotiations claiming that they “predicted” the lockout would end on the 17th” here

  7. laeaglefan says: Jul 12, 2011 3:47 PM

    Assuming that a deal IS announced on or about July 17th, all this proves is what we’ve speculated all along……that there was no urgency at all to get a deal done until there was a real threat of games being missed and revenue lost. Nothing short of that matters.

    It will be interesting to see if there are more injuries than usual in training camps this year because of the lockout.

  8. mvp43 says: Jul 12, 2011 3:47 PM

    Well, I’m sure De is frantically calling all the players to let them know that July 17th is completely unrealistic.

  9. 7370355q says: Jul 12, 2011 3:47 PM

    “Whether a new deal is announced on July 17 is a separate question. The story for now is that July 17 has emerged as the potential target.”


  10. purpleman527 says: Jul 12, 2011 3:47 PM

    July 17 is a Sunday.


    Doesn’t some judge who is currently on a vacation have a mediation meeting scheduled for July 19?

  11. hit2hurt says: Jul 12, 2011 3:48 PM

    I think I speak for the majority when I say “Get it DONE”!!!

    (or should that be “Git ‘er Doooooone”?! LOL

  12. rambo08 says: Jul 12, 2011 3:48 PM

    I really hope so.

    Bring on free agency!

  13. bamabrad1970 says: Jul 12, 2011 3:49 PM

    For me to poop on

  14. eagles83 says: Jul 12, 2011 3:49 PM

    I’ll believe it when I see it.

  15. nflsucker says: Jul 12, 2011 3:50 PM

    That’s funny— the tooth Fairy plans to announce her existence the very same day.

  16. vtsquirm says: Jul 12, 2011 3:50 PM

    i’m so tired of hearing these stories, yet i can’t stop myself from reading them! Help ME!

  17. buckhuckster says: Jul 12, 2011 3:51 PM

    C’mon Mike, quit playing games with my heart.

  18. berniemadoffsides says: Jul 12, 2011 3:51 PM


    I would’ve typed this sooner, but I was too busy jumping up and down celebrating!

  19. hanktheking says: Jul 12, 2011 3:52 PM

    Don’t kid yourself Mike, when the deal gets done your not going to be able to type fast enough.

  20. skoobyfl says: Jul 12, 2011 3:52 PM

    My lottery numbers will hit by 2099, but I’m not buying tickets that far in advance.

  21. batfreight says: Jul 12, 2011 3:53 PM

    Contradictory article to follow shortly. Manage your expectations accordingly

  22. pwall1 says: Jul 12, 2011 3:53 PM


  23. jjrs89 says: Jul 12, 2011 3:54 PM

    Ill believe it when I see it

  24. gpack10 says: Jul 12, 2011 3:55 PM

    If this is true…next week is going to be a football fan’s wet dream!!

  25. supashug says: Jul 12, 2011 3:56 PM

    But keeping with our mission of sharing with PFT Planet the things we’re hearing from our network of sources

    change your mission please

  26. mystictate says: Jul 12, 2011 3:58 PM

    Ppl stop stressing over this a deal is going to get done!!!!

  27. Nikhil Balakumar says: Jul 12, 2011 3:59 PM

    ill believe it when it happens

  28. stampede101 says: Jul 12, 2011 4:00 PM

    They playin’ with my free wings…and playin’ with my free wings is like playin’ with my emotions.

  29. Exiled1 says: Jul 12, 2011 4:01 PM

    This message approved by Howie Mandel.

  30. austinbrownsfan says: Jul 12, 2011 4:04 PM

    It better happen … checking PFT for lockout updates is adversely affecting my work.

  31. rpiotr01 says: Jul 12, 2011 4:05 PM

    I think you have things mixed up, Mike. July 17 is the day that Favre is expected to announce his comeback.

  32. toocooljoecool says: Jul 12, 2011 4:05 PM

    No way, they take off the weekends, it would have to be a Thursday or friday lol

  33. luckyjackaubrey says: Jul 12, 2011 4:07 PM

    Isn’t this EXACTLY what you were complaining about Schefty and Mort doing?

    Throwing out an unsourced date so that you have the scoop and then immediately backing off that date to keep your butt covered for when nothing happens?

  34. dannymac17 says: Jul 12, 2011 4:09 PM

    i love that article you linked.

    kiss my dick

  35. Matt says: Jul 12, 2011 4:10 PM

    July 17th, 2012. OK.

  36. erfoster says: Jul 12, 2011 4:12 PM


  37. iamthorny says: Jul 12, 2011 4:13 PM

    Somewhere, Harold Camping is laughing about all these failed predictions…

  38. nfl25 says: Jul 12, 2011 4:16 PM

    i just peed all over my key board

  39. lovesportsandsurfing says: Jul 12, 2011 4:16 PM

    Im taking the 17th off and sit here and refresh all day long until it is announced….either that or I will get a life.

  40. Soulman45 says: Jul 12, 2011 4:17 PM

    It about time I read my feel good story my day is on the right track.

  41. trbowman says: Jul 12, 2011 4:18 PM

    First, it’ll be the 17th. Then the 21st again. Then the 30th. Then the 7th of August. Then the 15th of August, and that is when we will finally have a deal.

    Feel free to prove me wrong, though. Please.

  42. annnann says: Jul 12, 2011 4:18 PM

    Don’t hold your breath. The next headline will be about how no progress was made and talks nearly broke down. I can already see it. Then, they will be throwing out new dates and false predictions. Hooray!!!

  43. jaggedmark says: Jul 12, 2011 4:19 PM

    Why make a deal? This lockout has been wonderful!

  44. burgandyandgold says: Jul 12, 2011 4:19 PM

    July 17th of what year?

  45. theawkwardyears says: Jul 12, 2011 4:24 PM

    Thank God! I hope Adrian Peterson can finally get his 40 acres and a mule.

  46. no1jag says: Jul 12, 2011 4:25 PM

    I don’t see them making an announcement on a Sunday.

  47. laeaglefan says: Jul 12, 2011 4:28 PM

    “Doesn’t some judge who is currently on a vacation have a mediation meeting scheduled for July 19?”

    The meeting will still take place…..except it will be a wrap party 🙂

  48. gnorules says: Jul 12, 2011 4:29 PM

    This really puts a crimp in my idea that Antonio Cromartie will have another kid before the NFL and the players actually come up with a new CBA.

  49. brickwilly says: Jul 12, 2011 4:30 PM

    Same day Casey Anthony jets out of jail

  50. elleclouds says: Jul 12, 2011 4:30 PM

    This date changes more than the end of the world prediction date… beat it with all these updates about nothing..

  51. pastorinisflak says: Jul 12, 2011 4:36 PM

    Where are you getting this from? Let me guess, the media. We want to know when the owners and players think a deal will be done. Not the media, not just the owners, and not just the players…owners and players.

  52. hawkeye6 says: Jul 12, 2011 4:37 PM

    Just like Allen in Hangover 2:


  53. 123makarov says: Jul 12, 2011 4:38 PM

    In other likely to happen news, Jake Delhomme will be the 2011 season MVP.

  54. jnbnet says: Jul 12, 2011 4:42 PM

    Next article will be about some unidentifed “source”, with knowledge of the inner workings of the secret negotiations, saying that July 17 is unrealistic because they can not agree on the number of cleats allowed on a shoe. This will be blamed on the owners trying to save money by wanting less cleats, which would result in more player injuries. The owners will counter by saying they are trying to protect players by reducing the number of cleat related injuries.

  55. We'reFineThere says: Jul 12, 2011 4:43 PM

    How dare the NFL interfere with the Casey Anthony release date!? They made me have to be interested in other forms of news and this is how they repay me??

  56. jacksaysfu says: Jul 12, 2011 4:44 PM

    Im over dates , i will no longer believe any i hear .. They just need to get a effin deal done , my eyes are tired from reading all these dates !

  57. schmitty2 says: Jul 12, 2011 4:45 PM

    De-moron Fedora boy will quickly squash those rumors by the time I eat dinner tonight. He knows his job is lost when this is all said and done

  58. nflconspiracytheoristdeluxe says: Jul 12, 2011 4:51 PM

    All in good time so Brett Favre could announce he’s returning for another season on Monday the 18th.

  59. holeinone09 says: Jul 12, 2011 4:55 PM

    Not a big surprise. It is getting close to when someone will start to lose money (ie cancel the HOF game, etc). So that is about July 17. No one wants to start losing money. It will change the deal.

    And announcing this on a Sunday? Why is that so unusual? After all, they play football on Sunday!

  60. 4gone says: Jul 12, 2011 4:57 PM

    Deal/No Deal – further proof that Boylan left Favre to mediate on his behalf whilst vacationing.

    Read the fine print gentleman – they didn’t say July 17th of what year…

  61. prior0knowledge says: Jul 12, 2011 5:03 PM

    Darn! I got july 14 in the office pool.

  62. jodave5 says: Jul 12, 2011 5:05 PM

    Anything, please, to eliminate the fact that women’s soccer is dominating the sports world. Women’s soccer??? This is what it’s come to?

  63. paulsdamnblog says: Jul 12, 2011 5:13 PM

    Right sure, just stop with the dates and actually do it.

  64. BroncoNick says: Jul 12, 2011 5:23 PM

    Twiddling my thumbs and waiting until I read an article tomorrow that says “Expect the deal to be done on July 18th”
    It will read: The latest news coming out is that July 17th is a Sunday and the 18th is a more likely date for the deal to be reached.
    What a joke…

  65. bolt4life says: Jul 12, 2011 5:25 PM

    If I act excited, I will get thumbs down :(! If I act pessimistic or sarcastic, I will get thumbs up :)! I want to get thumbs up but I also want to be excited. I’m torn!

  66. phillyeagles22 says: Jul 12, 2011 5:27 PM

    Should have been March 17th

  67. JAM says: Jul 12, 2011 5:31 PM

    Favre should totally steal the league’s thunder and announce his ‘return’ in a teary press conference the same day…

  68. sakatak says: Jul 12, 2011 5:47 PM

    if the over/under is July 17th, I will bet the over.

  69. purpleguy says: Jul 12, 2011 5:50 PM

    Drew Magary is flipping hilarious.

  70. gimmeabruschi says: Jul 12, 2011 6:00 PM

    Be understanding. The negotiators for the players have to drag this out so it looks like they fought hard, once the players see how much pie is gone from their portion.

  71. buffedwhiteman says: Jul 12, 2011 6:11 PM

    What up with all the Debby Downers.July 17, YEEHAW

  72. jleimer says: Jul 12, 2011 6:12 PM

    Ill Believe it once a press conference occurs but until then let the paint continue to dry.

  73. laeaglefan says: Jul 12, 2011 6:35 PM

    Casey Anthony is getting out of jail and going straight over to the NFL Network to make the public announcement that the lockout is over and that she is the new sideline reporter for Monday Night Football.

  74. 2011to2020lions says: Jul 12, 2011 7:14 PM

    I heard July 16th as the date, but my guess is as good as yours. I hope I am right

  75. schemefactory says: Jul 12, 2011 7:29 PM

    what’s football?

  76. palinforpresidentofnorthkorea says: Jul 12, 2011 7:40 PM

    July 17? Is that because the other dates predicted have come and gone?

    Deal or no deal boys. Make the decision soon or the season is toast and PFT becomes Pro Foosball Talk.

  77. thefiesty1 says: Jul 12, 2011 8:22 PM

    DeMo will do something to screw up any tentative deal, before or after the 17th. There is no chance to finalize a deal with him still involved.

  78. theblowtorchreview says: Jul 12, 2011 9:13 PM

    Good, I’ll be on vacation that week far from any news sources.

    I really just dont care anymore to be honest.

  79. atmedic8daily says: Jul 12, 2011 9:25 PM

    I’ll smoke to that!!!

  80. jayballin25 says: Jul 12, 2011 9:56 PM

    Lock out makes me so horny!

  81. billinlouisiana says: Jul 12, 2011 10:08 PM

    thefiesty1 says:
    Jul 12, 2011 8:22 PM
    DeMo will do something to screw up any tentative deal, before or after the 17th. There is no chance to finalize a deal with him still involved.

    I agree. He will announce it as “the worst deal in the history of sports and declare total war on the NFL.” I don’t trust him as far as I could throw him.

  82. barronhastoholdorakpo says: Jul 12, 2011 10:09 PM

    Great….. now we have to hear about how the Jets are going to the SB again, and how the Cowboys are just so great. Think I would rather hear a lockout story….although I do get a good laugh from the jetcowboy predictions. They’ll be big losers again this year for sure.

  83. mechajaguar says: Jul 12, 2011 10:21 PM

    Ah, the oh so fun moving deadline date.

  84. Sayre Bedinger says: Jul 12, 2011 10:55 PM

    I knew NCAA Football 12 would keep me diverted long enough for good news! This coming when only the lawyers were participating. I like it.

  85. patstrustee says: Jul 13, 2011 7:11 AM

    Isn’t Casey Anthony being released from jail on the 17th? Hmmm.

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