As we’ve been teased for the past few months with reports saying a deal was close, before subsequent reports dismiss the notion completely, saying the two sides in the NFL lockout have regressed, we’ll preface this with a big “let’s not count our chickens before they’re hatched.”
BUT, according to Liz Mullen at the Sports Business Journal, a global settlement, which would end the longest work stoppage in NFL history is possible today. Again, she’s not saying it’s happening--but that she’s hearing that it could--which, at this point, is enough to cause some premature giddiness from this end.
The lockout is currently in its 116th day and, though reports today suggest that the major points of contention have been resolved, other issues remain, including workers comp, player safety and retiree benefits.
Football has not returned yet--but reports like this one and the one earlier, saying that the economics of a deal were essentially done, lead us to believe that it could be, soon. For now though, we’ll be going back to guarding our optimism with a stern wall of skepticism until a deal is official.
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