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.