Posted by Andy Benoit
NFL.com ran a “Breaking News” banner across the top of its home page Wednesday night. The breaking news? According to Jason La Canfora, the league and NFLPA had a very positive discussion about the 18-game season. (The fact that the discussion took place Monday probably means this news isn’t “breaking”, but hey, can you blame the league for wanting to capitalize on a positive labor story for a change?)
In short, it looks like a virtual guarantee that the 18-game season will happen. In exchange, the players want less offseason commitments and less contact in practices. The idea is that the decrease in non-game contact will even out the impact of two more regular season games.
La Canfora writes,” The source said a great deal of progress must be made before the sides are close to an agreement, but the pace of the negotiations could be accelerating. There's no word on when the next talks will be held.”
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