There’s been some optimism in the past week about the chances of the NFL coming to an agreement with the NFLPA to end the lockout, but according to a recent report, this feeling of optimism may have been a little premature.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter has reported that, according to multiple sources, “a handful” of owners are resisting the deal that’s currently being discussed, arguing that it doesn’t sufficiently address the issues that arose from the 2006 agreement.
This resistance was enough to prompt the league to tinker with scheduling and owners and player reps to prepare to spend an extra night in Chicago. The time of the meeting scheduled for Tuesday, for example, was reportedly moved up in anticipation of additional meeting on Wednesday.
That the deal was met with some bristling isn’t all that surprising. What is surprising to many is that most around the league expected the resistance to come not from the owners, but from the players.
According to one NFL executive cited in Schefter’s report, any potential deal would have to be done by July 14 for the full slate of preseason games to be played as scheduled.
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