With all sources insisting that nothing was happening between the NFL and the NFL Referees Association, the two sides secretly engaged in two days of talks earlier this week.
Jay Glazer of FOX first reported that negotiations occurred, for the first time in more than two weeks. We’ve confirmed that, indeed, talks occurred. A source tells PFT, however, that no further talks are scheduled.
As Glazer reported, serious financial issues remain between the two sides. And the fact that talks occurred on Tuesday and Wednesday helps explain the out-of-the-blue press release issued on Tuesday by the NFLRA regarding the pension issue.
Apparently, the officials opted to send that “open letter” after the NFL closed the door on the possibility of changing the pension plan for new officials only.
Either way, the two sides have resumed the posture of folded arms and furrowed brows, as everyone hopes the replacements don’t eff up another weekend of football.