Significant progress toward ending the lockout has been made after Tuesday’s secret negotiations between the NFL owners and players.
If you believe the various reports, the owners and players are anywhere between 80 and 85 percent in agreement on the issues that could end the work stoppage following the meetings Tuesday. But what is interesting is that it all almost blew up yesterday, according to an ESPN report.
Apparently the lawyers for both sides started digging in and things got heated. Fortunately NFL Players Association president DeMaurice Smith and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell had the good sense to remove the lawyers and get on with the talks.
That’s when the real progress began to be made, according to ESPN. The two sides began the process of hammering out a deal that could end the labor strife so that the season can begin without too much delay.
There has been all types of speculation that the lawyers for both sides have made progress difficult. It will be interesting to see how much more can be accomplished without them in the room as negotiations are scheduled to resume at an undisclosed location in Washington, D.C.
If the two sides can’t come to an agreement, the dispute will be settled in court where a judge will be forced to resolve it.
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