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The news that the NFLPA and NFL are discussing an extension on labour talks doesn’t come as a huge shock, but that it’s the NFL that wants to stop the clock is surprising. Maybe it’s because of a judge’s ruling earlier this week that the NFL no longer has its secure “lockout fund” from TV revenue, but all of a sudden it looks like the owners are reeling.
According to one report, the NFL brought a serious new proposal to the table this morning. The owners were hoping the proposal would be enough to extend negotiations and delay the union from filing decertification papers later today.
The players are said to be considering the extension, but want to be convinced that the owners intend to actually make concessions for the extension to be worthwhile. Right now it sounds like the players are sceptical of the owners’ motives.
Given many of the stories we’ve heard about players struggling with their personal finances already, we would have guessed that the players would waddle to the table with their tails between their legs today. But it looks like things are going the opposite way, and the owners appear hesitant to commence a lockout.
The extension isn’t official by any means yet, but the day has to be considered a small victory for the players regardless of the outcome.
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