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Owners, players making progress towards new CBA

Posted on: June 10, 2011 10:35 pm
 
Posted by Ryan Wilson

According to the 2011 NFL schedule, the season is set to kick off 90 days from now. We're in the middle of a lockout, so any future plans are written in pencil.

But rumblings indicate that the lawyer-free discussions between owners and players are going so well that, for the first time since the lockout began in March, there's legitimate hope for a 2011 season.

NFL Network's Albert Breer, appearing on Friday's Total Access, explained that while there's still a long way to go, the two sides have made substantial progress in recent weeks. Here are the highlights of Breer's conversation with TA host Rich Eisen.
  • Eisen: If it's so good that both sides are talking … then why aren't they talking around the clock … until this thing is all hammered out? 

    Breer: Just like doing a CBA is complex, the negotiating to get there is also complex. There are a couple things at work here. One is, all the talking isn't happening face-to-face. In fact, I was told that the two sides communicated today so they are communicating outside of the face-to-face negotiations.  

    That's one thing that's important to remember. The other thing that's important to remember is how much work goes into this. It's going to be about a 300-page CBA when it's all said and done. A lot of research and study has to go into it from each side, especially after they come off these face-to-face talks. I was told by someone earlier today that about five hours of work goes into every hour they spend face-to-face. 

    So it's not that they're not working, it's just that the format of it is a little bit different in different stages. But they are working a lot of hours to get this thing done and I think that anybody who would view it any other way might be a little off there. 
  • Eisen: Normally we see the round-the-clock stuff when it's the 11th hour. … Should we take this to mean that both sides don't consider this the 11th hour? 

    Breer: It's not quite the 11th hour yet. … I think what they're working towards right now is that July 15 deadline … when the holdup in these negotiations could wind up costing them preseason games. I think they want to try to get something done by then. …

    I think both sides view themselves as having about a 30-day window of opportunity to get something done. Now, I'm told that they will meet again next week and continue to stack these meetings one after another all the way into mid-July. And that's great news because it means they're working toward that deadline. And I think the round-the-clock stuff might occur once we get closer to that mid-July deadline. 
  • Eisen: Do you get the sense, from the people that you've been speaking to on both sides, that the CBA must be completed 100 percent … before this lockout is lifted, or perhaps some deal in principle can be struck earlier on … and the lockout ends while the lawyers hash this thing out? 

    Breer: [Both sides] have a lot of work to do, and they'd have to be pretty far down the road, but the truth is it's always the league's option to lift the lockout. They could do it now if they wanted to. So I think if they feel like, in good faith, they've reached an agreement on the framework of a deal, it would make sense for them to get that administrative stuff out of the way. Have a … short period before free agency for teams to take care of their own house, then have free agency, then have that roll into training camp. If that's what's in the best interest of everybody, I'm sure that could happen. 
Still nothing definitive but it's something. And after nearly three months of idle threats, grandstanding and finger-pointing -- from both sides -- we gladly welcome any signs of progress.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 12:41 pm
 

Owners, players making progress towards new CBA

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Since: Apr 28, 2009
Posted on: June 11, 2011 5:58 pm
 

Owners, players making progress towards new CBA

Good to see that you idiots at CBS are finally acknowledging that cable exists.  I was wondering if you were ever going to do that. It is going to cost you Neanderthals some programming here very shortly.  Just you wait.



Since: Jun 11, 2011
Posted on: June 11, 2011 11:54 am
 

Owners, players making progress towards new CBA

I agree malibu, paying your mortgage and having food on the table is essebtial to life, but football is an escape for hardworking people, its not about the money they make, its about the enjoyment it gives to hard-working people in this country, I hope it gets settled soon.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: June 11, 2011 10:24 am
 

Owners, players making progress towards new CBA

I'm sure the Owners would request the Union be brought back before they lifted the lockout. That's only smart business. The good news is that they are talking and that's the best we can hope for. It's getting down to the time where everyone knows the longer this drags on the more the product will suffer and their profits could drop. People won't want to go see sloppy play and a bunch of people they don't know playing because of injuries caused by not being in game shape.
 



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: June 11, 2011 7:52 am
 

Owners, players making progress towards new CBA

[Both sides] have a lot of work to do, and they'd have to be pretty far down the road, but the truth is it's always the league's option to lift the lockout. 
This is correct.  The owners/NFL can lift the lockout and we can have a football season..the only problem is that without a union the NFL will be subject to lawsuits out the ass and they obviously don't want that...yet, they should of thought of that before they started their ridiculous CBA demands.



Since: Sep 1, 2007
Posted on: June 11, 2011 6:55 am
 

Owners, players making progress towards new CBA

Agreed..Malibu shut it. Noone cares.



Since: Nov 6, 2010
Posted on: June 11, 2011 6:00 am
 

Owners, players making progress towards new CBA

Malibu,

Maybe you should consider commenting on sites like CNN and FOX, this is a sports site. 



Since: Nov 6, 2010
Posted on: June 11, 2011 5:58 am
 

Owners, players making progress towards new CBA

I hope that toe meets leather right on schedule baby.......GO Falcons



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