Posted by Ryan Wilson
After taking the holiday weekend off, lawyers for the owners and players reconvened Tuesday to continue negotiations toward a new collective bargaining agreement. And reports suggested Tuesday that not only could a new deal be in place in the coming days, but training camps could open on time, as could the preseason and regular season. (Such are the incentivizing effects of potentially losing $800 million.)
Yahoo.com's Michael Silver writes, "Despite a breakdown in communication and trust that boiled over last week, the two sides are closer to an agreement than many people realize --perhaps than even some of the people involved realize. That the respective negotiating teams hung in amid the negativity and held a marathon session Thursday and a shorter one on Friday was a deceptively positive sign."
Chris Russell, who works for ESPN 980 in Washington, D.C., and is part of the Redskins radio network, also tweeted hopeful news: "In talking to some officials in the Redskins organization today -- they are very confident a deal will be done shortly w/ no football lost." And the Redskins coaching staff is expected to return to work Monday to prepare for training camp. (Which should give the organization more time to get rid of Donovan McNabb and tailor the offense around John Beck. We're joking. Sort of.)
Nothing's definitive, but there appears to be progress. The Cowboys have already scheduled training camp, and the Hall of Fame Game is still a go.
The specifics of the lockout -- who's right, who's wrong, who's richer or less so -- mean little to fans at this point. All they want is football. It's pretty simple, really.
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