The Washington Post has the latest on the lockout, and says that by all indications by the time fireworks are going off on the 4th of July, the two sides should be at the point of making a deal and getting back to the business of football and the 2011 season.
The NFL and locked out players have made enough progress in their recent negotiations that a deal between the two sides is within reach during the next two or three weeks, people on both sides of the dispute said Tuesday. Owners of the 32 teams, scheduled to attend a meeting in Chicago Tuesday, have been told to leave their schedules open in case the session runs late that night or spills over into the following day, said several people who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deliberations are at a sensitive stage.
It is possible–but very unlikely–that the owners could vote on a labor deal at that meeting, said several of the people, who did not participate in the talks but are familiar with developments. It is more likely, they said, that owners could give negotiators their opinions and a deal with the players could be completed the following week. A deal that week, just before the July 4 holiday, appears increasingly realistic, said people on both sides of the dispute.