For months, it has been believed that the CBA would be resolved by Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA* executive director DeMaurice Smith going into a room and hammering out the terms.
As it turns out, this deal will only be resolved if Goodell and Smith hammer plenty of the folks who have their hands in the pot.
The negotiations finally began to make progress once the lawyers were kicked out of the room. Though the lawyers are needed to clean up the paperwork and dot the proverbial i’s and cross the proverbial t’s, Goodell and Smith need to tell the lawyers and everyone else to shut the hell up and do what they’re told.
Leadership entails more than persuading others to agree with you. Leadership also involve figuring out everything that needs to be done to get from Point A to Point B, and to figure out how to get there.
So far, both men are failing. Here’s hoping that they can figure out how to fix it.