Thursday’s labor talks conclude


Rosenthal predicted less than an hour ago that, within an hour, we’d be posting that the labor negotiations have ended for the day.

And the labor negotiations have ended for the day.

So says Albert Breer of NFL Network, who has been staking out the proceedings all day long.  In all, the parties spent 12-and-a-half hours behind closed doors on Thursday.  They’ll reconvene at 9:00 a.m. ET.

Breer reports that it was a “tough, tough day,” but that progress was made.  Per Barry Wilner of the Associated Press, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said after the sessions, “We still have a lot of work to do.”

Most fans would react at this point by saying, “Then do it.”

Hopefully, the work will continue all day Friday, and into the weekend.

51 responses to “Thursday’s labor talks conclude

  1. This saga reminds me of these lyrics

    “You spin me right round, baby
    right round like a record, baby
    Right round round round
    You spin me right round, baby
    Right round like a record, baby
    Right round round round”

  2. My philosophy on negotiations is basically this. And this is something that I live by. And I always have. And I always will. Don’t ever, for any reason, do anything to anyone, for any reason, ever, no matter what. No matter… where. Or who, or who you are with, or, or where you are going, or… or where you’ve been… ever. For any reason, whatsoever.

  3. Another day, another disappointment.

    I mean, it’s good that they made progress, but at this point, every day there isn’t a deal is a disappointment.

  4. Does De Smith ever have anything good to say?

    Remember last year when the jets and revis were having problems getting a deal done, and it wasnt until rex ryan went in there and chewed everybody a new ass to get a deal done…..well maybe somebody should give rex a call.

  5. No one is gunna care who is right and wrong in the end of this just get it done before you tarnish football forever…

  6. If mediator judge Boylan shows up tomorrow morning wearing a sombrero, fins, and a snorkel, is it safe to assume that his focus on the CBA negotiations won’t be sharp?

  7. I think they need to turn it into a giant drinking game. If you respond with “no” to a proposal from the other side then you have to take a shot. They’ll all come out feeling as sick and neausious feeling as the fans are now.

  8. What exactly is a lot of work left to do? We heard 80-85% done about 3 weeks ago! They said today was an important day… well? Did it go good? bad? WT-eff man!

  9. “Remember last year when the jets and revis were having problems getting a deal done, and it wasnt until rex ryan went in there and chewed everybody a new ass to get a deal done…..well maybe somebody should give rex a call.”

    Agreed. Get them coached up. Bring in Mike Singletary too.

    Deal done an hour later

  10. @njdevil7 – Ads are served up based on the user’s browsing habits. Just sayin’…

  11. Demaurice Smith is the biggest POS I can’t stand him I hope he gets fired

  12. So, we learn that judge Boylin is going on vacation this Saturday. That tells me that most of the negotians must be complete by now, or he wouldn’t be leaving the negotiations to continue without his court ordered supervision. If the situation was really dire, then Boylin could cancel and reschedule his upcoming vacation–which he hasn’t done.

  13. Oh wow, they made progress. Imagine that. Who would have expected it?

    What a load of bullshyte. The deal is already done. They are just haggling the petty details; because they still have some time to do that.

    Do you really think this collection of greedy bastards are going to lose a freakin’ dime of the real money they feast on from the fan arguing over what at this point is chump change? Fat chance.

    It’s all posturing at this point.

  14. dee smith and his underbite goodell and his hairline better get this deal done like tomorrow… or else.. thats a threat.. i got cartons of eggs ready to be thrown.. oh and stink bombs upon stink bombs… get ready for a show tomorrow.. they gonna feel my frustrations..

  15. Breer reports that it was a “tough, tough day,” but that progress was made.

    Really? Players and NFL network should know better at this point. No one gives a crap how tough your day was. Suck it up and get it done.

    No one cares about your progress either since we’ve been hearing about it for months. Not going to get any sympathy from the fans about how hard your day was.

    Guarantee everyone posting on this board that works for a living had a tougher day than you. Quit crying and man up.

  16. And we’ll all crawl back like spanked puppies the minute they resolve this. If we lose games over their fighting over riches they need to be penalized by us, the fans..

  17. If I’m forced to hear “Still a lot of work to do” one more time, I’ll most likely suffer a heartattach!

  18. What’s the rush? Still hoping for the preseason games to be canceled so I can get a refund on the overpriced and worthless preseason games.

  19. As usual.

    Everyday gets reported on as a big day and progress from “our sources”.

    De Smith, (who now gets the nickname “the finger”) comes out and says “we still have a lot of work to do”.

    De “the finger” Smith gets paid to do one thing and that’s to flip off the owners and fans when ever possible.

  20. Haven’t you posted the same thing everyday the past 3-4 months? Yawn.

  21. What I don’t understand is, there’s always “progress made, but a lot of work to do”.

    Unfortunately having 99% progress is the same as 0% unless a piece of paper is signed.

  22. ‘Breer reports that it was a “tough, tough day,”’…tell that to a Construction Worker that is working in the sweltering heat for 16 hours a day or the Miner working in the dirt, dust and debris in the underground shafts of a coal mine – that is a tough, tough day !!!

  23. I am a diehard NFL fan who attends several games a year. This whole situation disgusts me. I can’t truthfully say that when the NFL returns I won’t be glued to my TV on Thursday, Sunday and Monday but I will not be attending games anymore. Given the REAL struggles that Americans are facing in the REAL world, I have no sympathy for either side.

  24. What exactly did they do for 12 hours? Watch porn and play poker? I am beginning to hate the NFL. If I could get back my season ticket money right now I would.

  25. As each day passes and we get messages from the talking heads that an agreement will happen to save the season so don’t despair a settlement is near is growing thin. I can live without football and will find other things to do. The greed of both sides are apparent and for one I am actually hoping at this point there isn’t going to be a football season.

  26. Sitting in an air conditioned facility arguing over billions of dollars doesn’t seem so tough to the average human being. Where is trading places when you need it?

  27. PhantomStranger…someone got your joke! Over 100 people are very confused by it. Hahahahahaha! We will miss you Michael Scott.

  28. When Jerry Jones admitted that he couldn’t afford to keep Jerry World dark for a season I knew it was just a matter of time; I have car and bike racing to watch anyway.

  29. Those billionaire owners, millionaire player, and over priced lawyers should be working hard. The money they are spending on this dog and pony show could be going into the wallets of team employees who have been furloughed or laid off.
    If they don’t get it done soon, I ll have to replay this rant for all the game day personnel, local businesses.

  30. Yeah, what a hard, “tough, tough day” they must have had. Sitting around talking about how to split up 10 billion dollars. *sniff*sinff*…It even brings a tear to my eyes. I bet any holocaust survivor living today knows exactly what these poor, misfortunate fella’s are going through.

    Pray with me…

  31. DeMaurice Smith has to be loving this. Who knew who this guy was before the lockout? He never had so many photo ops in his life. Now his cheesy mug is all over the place, and the world is calling him “De”.

    Why would he want this to end?

    And what does he really have to do everyday, besides his morning mirror ricitation – “This is the first time in any sport’s history where it’s commissioner is suing the players, NOT to play the game.”

    Someone fire this guy.

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