As yet another dubious day of football officiating unfolded, the NFL spent time with the locked-out officials in the hopes of working out a new labor deal.
Peter King of Sports Illustrated and NBC reports that the parties spent most of the day meeting in New York with a federal mediator.
Talks broke off without a deal, substantial differences remain on multiple issues, and no further talks are scheduled.
Earlier today, NBC officiating consultant Jim Daopoulos learned that last week’s talks went better than reported.
Still, until a deal is done there’s no deal, and the NFL apparently is willing to continue to dig in until the locked-out officials cry “Uncle!” like Ralphie in A Christmas Story.