We are starting to see reports that the NFL and the players union are making progress in their negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement.
I can only hope this is true.
I keep reminding myself that up until this point, there really haven’t been any surprises in the stalemate. I have to believe both sides knew that in mid-June the process would likely be exactly where it has turned out to be.
The owners knew that Judge Nelson in Minneapolis would probably side with the players. The players union knew that the 8th Circuit would likely be more favorable to the owners.
Now, however, it’s game on.
I hope I’m correct in believing that no one-the league, the owners and the players-want any part of the season impacted by the labor situation. I understand that the labor issues are real and they are critical. The importance of those issues cannot and should not be minimized.
At the same time, the time to get something done without any impact to the season is drawing closer. No, it’s not time to panic. But it is time to get down to serious business.
Thankfully, it appears that both sides are doing that.
It doesn’t surprise me at all that just at the time when the calendar dictates higher stakes, the negotiations seem to kick into a higher gear. The two sides are pretty much at the point that they have to get serious unless they want to risk losing some portion of the season. If that were to happen, we all know the financial price to pay would be astronomical.
Again, I’m only speculating, but I don’t think anyone wants to pay that price.
It is usually a tricky proposition to know exactly what to believe in situations such as these. Both sides are trying to present their positions in as positive a light as possible and both sides are trying to simultaneously justify their positions.
That is all part of the process and to this point, I haven’t become too worked up about the process. What does concern me is the eventual outcome. Like everyone, I am hoping that recent developments point more towards a timely settlement than a fall without football.
I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this is, indeed, the case.
Are you optimistic that the two sides will reach an agreement in time to allow for the entire season to be played? Or are you more pessimistic than that?
Thanks for reading and posting your thoughts.
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