Posted by Josh Katzowitz
That crash you just heard behind you? That was the sound of the optimism surrounding the labor negotiations plummeting to the ground.* And if it startled you, that’s OK. It sounds like it was kind of a scary day.
While most everybody lately has been so positive about the lockout ending soon (talks between the players and owners were going well, the lawyers were being kept out of the room and NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell had become buddy-buddy), CBSSports.com’s Mike Freeman has some bad news for you.
Today was not a good day on the labor front.
Freeman writes that the owners are back to playing mind-games. Writes Freeman: “I believe it is the owners who are destroying this round of talks, even as the two sides are extremely close. I believe the sources that tell me owners are playing mind games with the players: getting their optimism up and then down hoping the players cave out of frustration.”
I don’t see the players getting frustrated and caving. I see the players getting frustrated and then getting pissed. And the news makes you wonder if the owners still are content to take a risk and hope that the NFLPA cracks once the players start missing game checks. That would be one hell of a risk to take, because tactics like this seemingly only would make the players’ resolve grow stronger.
Hopefully, tomorrow will be a better day.
*Or it might be an intruder of some kind. Maybe you should stop reading for a second and go check it out.**
**Everything is cool, right? OK. Good. Glad to hear it.
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