Daniel Kaplan of the Sports Business Journal, who has been following the NFL CBA negotiations closely, is reporting that an deadline extension is looking like a real possibility at this point:
BREAKING NEWS: nfl and nflpa talking about extending cba deadline right now, lockout and decert cld be on hold...
...BREAKING NEWS: federal mediator george cohen discussed with nfl last night what it wld take to get a deadline extension
Which is definitely good news and a step in the right direction.
Others following the negotiations closely are feeling a bit more positive as well:
Andrew Brandt from National Football Post
Hearing small sense of optimism from cba talks. Deadlines do that.
Jim Trotter from Sports Illustrated
Source: NFL's owners and players discussing extending deadline. no decision made yet. story upcoming on si.com...
...i'm told the owners requested the extension; union wants indications that it's a serious step toward a resolution.
The longer it goes in mediation the more hope one has they are staring at the precipice and thinking of stepping back;hoping at least