Reportedly, the negotiations between the owners and the NFLPA are slowly progressing and a deal could be reached as soon as tomorrow afternoon. Interestingly, if they don’t wrap up the talks by tomorrow, they’ll have to proceed without the mediator for the next week. He’s going on vacation. The good news for the owners is that Jerry is at the table, giving DeMaurice Smith hell.
Apparently, one of the biggest hang-ups in the deal revolves around the owners’ desire to maintain first right of refusal on up to three free agents for each team. I can understand why the NFLPA would reject something like that. It kind of defeats the purpose of free agency to begin with.
Honestly, I tend to be on the players’ side on all of this lock-out stuff. Unlike other professional sports leagues, nobody in the NFL is losing money. The NFL has become our true national pastime and that means big business. The owners have plenty to share and I can’t fault the players for wanting a bigger cut. After all, playing in the NFL will shorten the life span of anyone that does it for an extended period of time. And, yes, I do realize that it’s a free choice to play in the NFL, but things aren’t always so black and white.
I think it goes without saying that we are all tired of this lock-out. The word that comes to mind is “boredom”. I saw this video today over at Arrowhead Addict and thought it was worth sharing. I think — and I’m being 100% serious about this — that this is Taylor Lautner’s finest acting performance. Also, it’s safe to say that I’m reaching right now. Get it done, Jerra!