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CBA negotiations extended 24 hours

Posted on: March 3, 2011 5:32 pm
Edited on: March 3, 2011 6:04 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

The CBA was set to expire at 11:59 EST Thursday but the NFL and NFLPA reached a 24-hour extension to keep their negotiating window open.

That's according to Jeff Saturday, Colts center and one of the members of the NFLPA present at the negotiating session. Kara Henderson of the NFL Network first reported the news.

This is good news, and as our own Mike Freeman wrote, reason for hope. But it's not salvation for football fans, and right now, it's only a very small step towards some sort of resolution.

"For all those that dig our game, we appreciate your patience as we work through this," DeMaurice Smith, Executive Director of the NFLPA, said. "We're going to keep working we want to play football."

That doesn't necessarily mean anyone should take an optimistic approach towards the labor situation, because things are still very much in a tenuous stage. There's 30-some odd hours for the two sides to decide between a number of choices: 1) hammering out their issues and getting a new deal done; 2) going to war in the courtroom because no deal can be reached; or 3) negotiating a new deadline for the expiration of the CBA.

The third option is the biggest reason for optimism right now -- if the NFL and NFLPA can continue to extend the expiration date, they'll continue to be pressed up against a deadline and therefor be more likely to concede certain bargaining positions. Indeed, similar thing happened in 2006 -- in terms of a short extension -- and the result of that was a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

That doesn't guarantee such an occurrence in 2011, but the simple fact that the talks are continuing means that the two sides are at least trying to make something happen. And that's better news than we had earlier Thursday.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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CBA negotiations extended 24 hours

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 9:14 pm
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Since: Sep 28, 2010
Posted on: March 4, 2011 2:26 pm

CBA negotiations extended 24 hours

This isn't the WWF. These owners and players are making tons of money. Both sides new when the CBA deadline was. Both sides could not reach an agreement. It's become a publicity stunt just like wrestling. We all know that football is going to played, why did they even need a mediator? If you can't agree on the best sport in the world and get something done something is wrong. The fans deserve more. So now lets see how high ticket prices go. To pay the greedy owners and players. I swore that if a deal is not done and they lock out players, my time of watching football is over. The fans should strike, don't buy tickets. Where would they be then. Both sides should be ashamed of what is happening. The way the economy is and how it has affected millions of people. Just think what players and owners will be making off the fans in 20 years.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: March 3, 2011 6:12 pm

CBA negotiations extended 24 hours

Fingers firmly crossed.

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