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NFL and NFLPA intensify negotiations in Dallas

Posted on: January 31, 2011 5:11 pm
Edited on: January 31, 2011 5:31 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

DALLAS -- The only thing more ominous than the weather in Dallas is the looming threat of an NFL lockout -- there's a little sliver of light on the horizon though, because the NFL and NFLPA announced on Monday afternoon their intention to ramp up negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith released a joint statement Monday after meeting in New York earlier in the day.

"As part of a process to intensify negotiations, they agreed to hold a formal bargaining session w\both negotiating teams Sat in Dallas," the statement from spokesman Greg Aiello read. "They also agreed to a series of meetings over the next few weeks, both formal bargaining sessions & smaller group meetings, in an effort to reach a new agreement by early March."

The skeptic could ask: "What took so long?"

And while much of the discussion heretofore has been pointless public rhetoric aimed at swinging the PR pendulum in the favor of one side or the other, a private meeting between Goodell and Smith, followed by a joint statement means good things for fans of football.

Does it mean that a labor deal will be done by the Super Bowl? Um, no.

Does it mean that a labor deal will be done by the early March deadline? That's optimistic, but it's certainly a possibility.

The reality is, there's no precise timetable for when the labor deal will get done and things could still come down to the wire. But right now, that's beside the point, because the NFL and the NFLPA are doing the most important thing here by sitting down at the table and talking.

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