Legendary senior writer jclombardi reports NFL labor deal is economically done.
Economics portion of a new CBA are done: On Thursday night, CBSSports.com’s Mike Freeman reported that the NFL’s labor situation was close to an end and that the NFL and players’ efforts at getting a new CBA in place were at the “half-yard line.” On Friday, the information relating to the lockout’s been flowing in at at a breakneck pace that’s so optimistic it would make a scientology recruiter blush. Two bigger pieces of news stand out. Primarily, there’s a report from the NFL Network’s Albert Breer, who notes that “the economics of a deal are done.” That’s something that echoes what Freeman’s been hearing, and is particularly awesome to hear. If the money’s figured out, everything else will fall into place. Breer does note that there are “plenty of other hoops” for the respective sides to jump through, including retiree benefits, “player safety, worker’s compensation and injury guarantees, and also litigation entanglements.” Lest anyone think differently, those are indeed potential dealbreakers, especially if the “litigation entanglements” involve “how to solve future litigation issues” and “what to do with the current lawsuit hanging out there.” But his report on NFL.com, in addition to being a nice place to hear a report that a deal is done on the NFL labor situation, is laced with optimism. Additionally, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that a new CBA “will be 7 to 10 years.” Though that’s a reasonably broad spectrum, it was widely assumed that eight years was the floor with 12 years as the ceiling, it’s still fantastic news that the progress made by the owners and players hasn’t necessitated a shortening of the CBA to five years, simply for the sake of knocking a deal out.