June 21 emerges as a potentially key date in labor talks

AP

Before a new labor deal can be finalized, one of the most important items on the “to do” list entails 24 of the 32 owners approving the terms of the agreement.  Despite the many communications tools of the modern era, the preference remains getting the owners in a room, hashing it all out, and taking a vote.

With the owners meeting next Tuesday in Chicago and Adam Schefter of ESPN now reporting that they’ve been told to pack a bag and plan to spend the night, we see two possible explanations.  First, they’re in the mood for a sleepover.  Second, they possibly will be voting on the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Even if a deal remains days or weeks away as of next Tuesday, the owners could choose to pre-approve the final terms to be offered by the negotiating team, eliminating the need for a vote once an agreement in principle is reached between the folks hashing out the details.

So while, in our view, it’s neither good news nor bad news at this point, it lays the foundation for potentially great news.

21 responses to “June 21 emerges as a potentially key date in labor talks

  1. OR…it could mean they are all going to the Lady GAGA concert in Chicago that evening.

  2. This is either really good news: The owners are going to vote on the CBA (though, it may not pass).

    or

    Really bad news: they will vote to exercise a nuclear option.

  3. Does this mean that the players have made a secret counter offer?

  4. Hopefully they bring their Golden Corral 2 for 1 coupons, so they can all afford a not so decent but yet filling meal……

  5. Deal gets done, everyone’s getting antsy as July approaches…………

  6. I thought you kept telling us that the negotiations couldn’t even be serious unless all 32 owners were in the negotiating room, every day, for the weeks it would take to get a deal. More proof that that was the worst take ever.

  7. This could be good news! The owners can lift the lockout at anytime. There is no rule that says they can’t. Once the majority of the owners agree on a few key issues, in all actuality the owners might let the players back in.

    Either way there is going to be football and it will start on time. If anything they will just go with another uncapped year. No way the owners or players leave that much money on the table.

  8. “With the owners meeting next Tuesday in Chicago and Adam Schefter of ESPN now reporting that they’ve been told to pack a bag and plan to spend the night, we see two possible explanations. First, they’re in the mood for a sleepover. Second, they possibly will be voting on the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.”

    or third Jerry Richardson is to cheap to by deodorant.

  9. If the lockout was lifted this morning, they would have less than two months before the first preseason games.
    This season is toast. I don’t know why people can’t understand that.

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