WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 03: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (L) makes his way into the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service building for the NFL labor negotiations on March 3, 2011 in Washington, DC. The NFL owners are locked in negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement with the NFL Players Association, ahead of a midnight expiration of the current contact. (Photo by Rod Lamkey/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Roger Goodell
The NFL and the NFL Players’ Association are back where they were a week ago today, with the deadline for a deal coming at midnight tonight. If the deadline passes, the NFL could lockout while the union could choose to decertify and take their chances in federal court.
Of course, for that matter, the two sides could decide on another extension.
Friday marks the 16th day of federally mediated negotiations. The latest news coming out of Washington has the players asking the owners to “open the books”--show financial information to find out whether the teams truly are in an economic slide.
Most believe that the owners will open the books--and already have to some degree, but not near what the players’ want--because if the case goes to federal court, they’d have to show their cards anyway.
Jerry Jones told the Sports Business Journal’s Daniel Kaplan today as he walked into court, via ProFootballTalk, "hopefully we will have something for you in an hour or two."
If no extension or agreement is struck on today, the NFL will go into its first work stoppage since 1987.
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