A source with knowledge of the NFL and union labor talks confirmed to CBSSports.com no owner has been present in the room during the five days of negotiations.
Which is, well, incredible when you think about it.
I'd like to tell you what I think that means but unlike others who act like they know, I'm not going to.
I will say owners not being present is like the Jackson 5 having a showdown with the Rolling Stones. Mick Jagger is singing but there's no Michael.
In a way, it's a smart strategy. It keeps things from getting heated since owners tend to lose their minds in these types of negotiations. (See: Richardson, Jerry.) Emotions are kept to a minimum.
But it is extremely odd. In my 20 years of covering the sport and more than a few labor issues, when the union and league met in the past to resolve labor differences, owners were always present. I mean, always. So this is fairly new.
The most important news to emerge is that the owners have moved their March 3 meeting to Washington. Again, not sure what that means.
But a source reiterated progress has been made, albeit a small amount.