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Report: new CBA target date could be July 10

Posted on: July 1, 2011 10:04 am
Edited on: July 1, 2011 10:14 am
 
Posted by Ryan Wilson

After a marathon session Thursday that included the owners playing their version of rope-a-dope and switcheroo (neither of which were well received by the players -- shocking, we know), the two sides reconvened this morning to continue to work toward a new collective bargaining agreement.

CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman summed things up in this morning's The Daily Shoutout: "So here we are .. .again. Hanging on every word and piece of news and hopefully that news will get better in the coming days."

The speculation in recent weeks is that owners and players were hoping to have a new CBA, at least in principle, by mid-July. Specifics are hard to come by, primarily because both sides seem more interested in ending the lockout than staging a PR battle through the media. And for the most part, it's been a successful plan.

Citing three people who have been briefed on the negotiations, the New York Times' Judy Battista writes that "The N.F.L. had hoped to have at least an agreement in principle in place around the Fourth of July … [and] although a resolution remained possible within the next 10 days, it was more likely that negotiations would drag on past that time, with a better chance for a settlement coming the week of July 10."

One of Battista's sources added that "…the sides were close enough to complete a deal within 72 hours with intense effort. But dynamics among the parties, the person said, could stall a deal. The league is concerned that some lawyers and agents on the players’ side will prefer to wait, perhaps for a court decision that could sway negotiating leverage, before reaching an agreement."

So what does this mean?

On one hand, it's encouraging that both sides are taking negotiations seriously, even if it took almost four months of finger-pointing and name-calling to get to this point. On the other hand, you have to wonder what the owners were doing Thursday with their "Hey, look over there while we change the terms of the agreement!" strategy.

For the most part, talks seems to be moving in the right direction. The specifics of a new deal, or the precise date when it's struck, are unimportant. What is important is that there is a 2011 NFL season, in its entirety. That's all fans want.

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Comments

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: July 1, 2011 1:49 pm
 

Report: new CBA target date could be July 10

What are smoking, Flash?  Freeman?  What does Freeman have to do with this?  Freeman didn't write this story.  (Not according to the byline, anyway!)  And the other poster didn't mention him.  So why are you bringing him up?
Ummm, the entire 2nd paragraph of the column is about Freeman and a comment of his...



Since: Jul 19, 2007
Posted on: July 1, 2011 1:40 pm
 

Report: new CBA target date could be July 10

As i said Freeman who has been reporting on this issue has been reporting only one side weather or not he wrote this does not really matter the reporting and since Freeman writes the most i used him as an example has been onesided.Do you understand or S H O U L D  I  T Y P E  S L O W E R?



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2011 1:01 pm
 

Report: new CBA target date could be July 10

i'll just say this Freeman who has been reporting(if you can call it that) this has been one sided on this issue period
What are smoking, Flash?  Freeman?  What does Freeman have to do with this?  Freeman didn't write this story.  (Not according to the byline, anyway!)  And the other poster didn't mention him.  So why are you bringing him up?



Since: Jul 19, 2007
Posted on: July 1, 2011 12:47 pm
 

Report: new CBA target date could be July 10

WhoDey_inNY i know your liberal mind cant funtion the way it should but what does Fox News have to do with this?
Let me say this for you so we can save some time,Tea Party is racist,the rich hate the poor,whites hate blacks this could go on all day so i'll just say this Freeman who has been reporting(if you can call it that) this has been one sided on this issue period.We dont get the whole story and its wrong everytime!!!!



Since: Mar 7, 2011
Posted on: July 1, 2011 12:32 pm
 

Report: new CBA target date could be July 10

If they were interested in getting a deal done, they would be working through this weekend.  The fact that they are taking the weekend off to have some fun with Camps coming and going means there is no interest in getting a deal done.

I hope they don't.  I just want to watch the players NOT get checks.  I can't wait for all the players in finacial trouble stories. 



Since: Mar 16, 2007
Posted on: July 1, 2011 12:32 pm
 

Report: new CBA target date could be July 10

Geesus, project much?



Since: Jul 12, 2008
Posted on: July 1, 2011 12:27 pm
 

Report: new CBA target date could be July 10

Really!?  I bet you also watch Fox news and think that's objective reporting.  The players have said very little to the press and have not bashed the owners nearly as much as you are suggesting.



Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: July 1, 2011 11:41 am
 

Report: new CBA target date could be July 10

It amazes me there is supposed to be no discussion, yet the players side has taken to bashing the owners in public again. How do we know what is true? CBS is listening to one side (players) and reporting the owners are going back and forth. Is this resposible to report when you have one side of the story? If I were an owner, I would be calling Pash and my fellow owners and tell them to break off talks. It os obvious the players are the one playing a game in the media and I would not accept it.


I also think CBS should be more responsible when reporting information. In the end, the media could play ahige role in not getting a deal done and that would be a real shame.  


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