With the way these negotiations between the players and NFL owners are described, one would think it’s a situation as sensitive as diffusing a bomb. Cut one wrong wire and the entire thing will explode.
The word right now is that both sides have been making a lot of progress in recent weeks, resulting in a sense of cautious optimism among players and fans. But how close are we really to seeing the end of the NFL lockout?
Hearing through the grapevine from an anonymous source that “a new collective bargaining agreement is not imminent” is certainly disconcerting, but it’s hard to believe that a deal won’t get done before too much time is lost and the offseason scheduling gets too discombobulated.
Maybe that’s just wishful thinking, and at the end of the day, I just think myself into a corner regardless. On one hand, we are told that both sides are in “deal-making mode” and on the other hand, there is still no deal done and both sides are reluctant to admit that progress has even been made. Most of that supposed progress just comes from us projecting our own desires, but hey, who knows. Maybe the lockout really is that much closer to coming to an end due to the fact that both sides have been meeting more frequently.
Then again, anyone you know who says they know which way these negotiations are going is more likely than not lying to you.