We're nearly into July now and there's still been no resolution to the NFL Lockout. Still, there is room for optimism as the NFL and NFLPA have been making steady progress throughout the month of June in talks for a new collective bargaining agreement. Now, there's more good news: the two sides are going to sit down and talk for the next four days.
As Joel Thorman pointed out at SB Nation, the owners and players will not be present at this set of negotiations. It'll simply be Roger Goodell, DeMaurice Smith and their respective staffs.â†µ
The legalese details aren't really worth getting into at this time - especially since we don't know exactly what the potential deal will entail. Fans just want to see progress being made (check) and a deal done sooner rather than later. Many have speculated that the two sides will need to have a deal in place by July 15 in order to preserve a full slate of preseason games - and we're rapidly approaching that date.â†µ
Hopefully we'll have good news to talk about later this week as these meetings between Goodell and Smith progress.â†µ