GLIMMER OF HOPE?: An Actual NFL Owner Arrives At The Lockout Talks

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For the first time since the mediation process began, an actual NFL owner is in the room for today’s negotiation session.NFL writers on the scene are tweeting that New York Giants owner John Mara is at today’s negotiation session. All previous sessions have handled by league lawyers and professional negotiators.

The optimistic view is that no deal can happen without actual owner input and Mara is one of the most influential in the league (his family founded the Giants 85 years ago), so he wouldn’t be there unless the two sides were close enough to a bargain that they needed him to seal the deal.

The pessimistic view? He’s there to personally throw the union’s offer back in their face and rubber stamp a lockout.

The real reason is probably somewhere in the middle. But don’t hold your breath.

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