NFL, union meeting Wednesday, Thursday

If the NFL and the players’ union aren’t making progress in their ongoing labor dispute, it’s not beause they aren’t trying.

Trey Wingo of ESPN reports that the two sides are meeting in Washington over the next two days to work toward striking a new labor deal.  On Wednesday, the meeting is scheduled to go from 10:00 a.m. ET to 7:00 p.m. ET.  On Thursday, a shorter five-hour session is planned, from 9:00 a.m. ET to 2:00 p.m. ET.

The meetings follow a two-hour session that occurred on Saturday, one day before the Super Bowl.

Though it’s a far cry from the kind of every-waking-moment negotiations necessary to work out a new contract, 14 hours over two days represents progress.  And while many (including Danial Kaplan of SportsBusiness Journal, who appeared on Tuesday’s PFT Live) remain pessimistic based on the many difficult issues to be resolved, an opportunity remains to find a solution if both sides are willing to devote the time, expend the effort, and make the concessions needed to get the deal done.