Saturday meetings wrap up

AP

In perhaps the clearest sign yet that the owners and players are extremely close to a deal, we have a report that the two sides don’t plan to meet face-to-face for negotiations again, unless it’s necessary.

Albert Breer of NFL.com reports that the the remaining details of the CBA are expected to be worked out via email, phone, videoconference, Skype, Twitter, and Instant Message.   (Yes, we added the last three with no factual evidence.)

Casual Saturday is wrapping up, as the lawyers for both sides have left the building.  Communication may continue Sunday between lawyers, but it won’t with face-to-face meetings.  DeMaurice Smith and Roger Goodell are also said to be in communication.

The slowing pace of things is a sign that both sides are comfortable with where things stand.  The two sides will meet with mediator Arthur Boylan Monday evening and Tuesday.   Breer reports those meetings could take place in New York, rather than Minneapolis.

At this point, it would be a surprise if an agreement isn’t reached next week.

UPDATE: Boylan will meet with the parties in New York City.

32 responses to “Saturday meetings wrap up

  1. They really need to hurry up and finish this. I’m jonesin’ for some free agency news. I’d like to see the lawyers stay up late to finalize the language, the owners vote to approve on Sunday Morning, the union reforms on Sunday Afternoon, on Monday the courts finish with the case, and on Tuesday the lockout is officially lifted for good.

    Come on! Let’s make it happen! I never thought I would miss OTAs so much.

  2. Here’s to you 305phinphan, peace be with you. One reason we watch is to entertain and get us away from everyday life. It’ll happen for sure, hang in there another couple months.

  3. I hope you do as well 305phinphan, keep up the fight! To the 5 people who clicked dislike on his post, actually read a effin post before you click like or dislike.

  4. “At this point, it would be a surprise if an agreement isn’t reached early in the week.”
    So we can berate and call you out if a deal is not reached by tuesday night at 11:59PM. I will come with the pitchfork and gasoline.

  5. mortreport Chris Mortensen
    It ain’t over til it’s over. Filed to ESPN that NFL & NFLPA negotiations necessary Mon and Tues in Wash DC w Judge Boylan. On SC in 7 min
    4 minutes ago Favorite Retweet Reply

  6. Lets hope you get to see the dolphins win another Superbowl. And for both of our sakes lets hope it takes a while.

  7. So all that was really missed was a few players from team website’s and a couple weeks of free agency….This website had it’s readers thinking the sky was falling prior to the “lockout”.

  8. They don’t want to go back to Minnesota to face the wrath of Carl Eller. Rajah and DeMo find it undignified when he holds them each by an ear and pushes their faces together to speed up negotiations.

  9. 305phinphan says:
    Jul 16, 2011 5:25 PM
    Hopefully I can live long enough to see week 1 games, terminal cancer sucks!
    ——–

    Never give up man! Thoughts and prayers for you…

  10. Good luck 305phinpfan. The big C is a real bitch. Hang in there and stay strong and enjoy the season as best you can.

  11. That appears to mean that next weekend we’ll be talking about who signed where and why and who’s doing well in TC. Praise whatever entity or entities you care to acknowledge (or not) as being in a position superior to humans.

  12. “Hopefully I can live long enough to see week 1 games, terminal cancer sucks!”

    You should get free tickets to see your favorite team week one.

  13. 305phinphan…thoughts and prayers with you! Keep fighting brother and I hope you get to see many more week one’s!!!

  14. Thanks for all of the kind words guys that really means a lot to me. I doubt I will get to see the Dolphins win the Superbowl even if the doctor gave me 10 more years but like someone posted above, the NFL is a scapegoat to real life problems (at least for me it is) and I’m very happy that a deal is in reach. I don’t think the players/owners will ever realize how much this game means to us fans but I’m glad to see this lockout is almost over. God Bless all of you!

  15. Dolphins will give phin free tickets. Once it’s proven beyond a doubt that the cancer is terminal.

  16. @305phinphan….

    Keep your head up brutha!!! I will be launching mad prayers on your behalf. One thing I can’t stand is when I read an article that says “this person or that person” LOST their battle with cancer. They didn’t LOSE!! They WON!! Their spirit lives on and the cancer has nothing else to feed on!! It’s inevitable that our physical presence passes on at some point….but your spirit will live on bro. And I will be rooting for you and your fins this year.

  17. 305 phinphan,
    Late to the post but my best wishes as well. As a Pats fan I know well that your team has mine’s # quite often (especially those early season games in Mia-grr!)but I would gladly swallow a loss on one of ’em to make you happy. 🙂

  18. 305phinfan, I wish you luck.
    Last December I was diagnosed with cancer. 7 weeks of Chemo and radiation hit me hard but I had the playoffs and the superbowl to get me by.
    As a Packer fan, I can say I enjoyed every game.
    So I can happily say
    “Last year was the year we won it all”
    not the year I had cancer, or the year I got sick. I hope you get to have that feeling soon. Until then, enjoy what you can, and let the rest go.

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