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    Optimism over new deal emerging

    Post by TheDarkKnight50 on June 15th 2011, 1:47 am

    By Albert Breer NFL Network

    Promise has sprung from the latest round of talks between the NFL and players, who resumed clandestine face-to-face negotiations Tuesday on Maryland's eastern shore, the third such set of talks they've staged this month.

    According to sources, both the NFL and NFL Players Association are evaluating and strongly considering concessions on all fronts, and that has led to a belief that a deal could be done in two to four weeks. In a sign of the progress made, the legal teams on both sides have returned to the meetings, after sitting out the sessions in suburban Chicago and Long Island. N.Y. the past two weeks.

    The talks are expected to continue into Wednesday.

    A person with knowledge of the talks told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the two sides are headed in the right direction. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the meeting are not being made public.

    Two other people familiar with the talks told The AP a framework for a new collective bargaining agreement could be in place before the owners' meetings next Tuesday in suburban Chicago. A memo went out to owners asking that they keep their schedules for next week flexible, in case the June 21 meeting spills into Tuesday night or even Wednesday.

    Both sides entered the negotiations seeing a “window of opportunity” of roughly 30 days to resolve the labor situation. The owners are planning to meet once a month until the situation is resolved.

    People familiar with the talks told The AP it would be premature to predict an imminent end to the lockout, but the atmosphere of negotiations has been more positive than it was previously, creating "a sense of movement."

    Washington Redskins player representative Vonnie Holliday, appearing on NFL.com's "Cover Two Podcast" Tuesday, told hosts Steve Wyche and Bucky Brooks that he foresees an agreement that would allow for football to continue on schedule.

    “All along we just needed to sit down together,” Whitworth said. “The problem we really had before was nobody could get around the attorneys and lawyers and all these kinds of things and just talk and figure this thing out. Finally we got a chance where you’ve got owners and players and (NFLPA Executive Director) DeMaurice Smith and all those guys sitting face-to-face and negotiating.

    “That’s how you get a deal done. You don’t hire an attorney to get you a contract when you get drafted. You get an agent to negotiate. Once we got around the legal stuff, we started to make ground and I think we’re really close.”

    The parties met for three days outside Chicago two weeks ago, in the days leading up to the June 3 injunction appeal hearing before the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and again last week for two days on Long Island.

    It's been 94 days since the NFL locked the players out, with this past Sunday marking three months. There are still 86 days until the 2011 NFL Kickoff on Thursday, Sept. 8 in Green Bay, but the league and players are working toward an agreement that would preserve training camps and the entire preseason.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d82050114/article/optimism-over-new-deal-emerging-from-latest-round-of-talks?module=HP_headlines
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    Re: Optimism over new deal emerging

    Post by TheDarkKnight50 on June 15th 2011, 4:38 pm

    I'm hopeful that there will be a deal done in the next week! Very Happy


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    Re: Optimism over new deal emerging

    Post by Cereal Killer on June 17th 2011, 1:15 pm

    Well we shall see. According to a couple sources it nearly blew up a day or two ago and while there are positive steps being made, I gotta believe they are still a ways off. Now as long as we don't get an 8 game season or something ridiculous like that, let them continue to hash it out but get something on the table prior to end of June.
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    Re: Optimism over new deal emerging

    Post by TheDarkKnight50 on June 21st 2011, 1:26 am

    Yeah it doesn't seem as if things are looking 'as' great as they were initially thought to be. Maybe tomorrow will be a productive day...


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    Re: Optimism over new deal emerging

    Post by TheDarkKnight50 on June 22nd 2011, 1:54 am

    I read that today things seemed to go well between the commissioner and the owners. Hope the rest of the week pans out with the players now...


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    Re: Optimism over new deal emerging

    Post by Cereal Killer on June 23rd 2011, 5:16 pm

    Well it would seem we are building towards some sort of official resolution to this in a matter of weeks. The basic terms of the CBA have essentially leaked out so now its really a matter of drafting up the legalities of the matter and signing on the dotted lines.
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    Re: Optimism over new deal emerging

    Post by TheDarkKnight50 on July 9th 2011, 12:25 am

    They are really waiting til the last second...


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