After a weekend of inactivity, NFL labor negotiations are slated to resume tomorrow with owner and players reps meeting in Washington. If recent reports are to be believed, most of the major issues holding up an agreement for the past four months have been resolved. Only compensation and health benefits for retired players and veterans remain to be decided.
While a new CBA technically could be agreed to in principle this week, nothing will likely be ratified until at least Thursday, when owners convene for their annual meeting in Atlanta. If a consensus is reached either Thursday or Friday, a finalized deal would be presented to player reps and their legal team the following week. All players and owners would have to sign off on the deal and the NFL Players Association will have to recertify before league operations could resume, but the light at the end of the tunnel seems to be getting brighter.
But if the uncertainty and roller-coaster swings of this labor lockout have taught us anything, it’s that nothing is certain. For now, let’s just focus on tomorrow and Tuesday’s meetings in our nation’s capital. By Wednesday, we should have a much better idea of how the rest of July will shake out. For good or ill.