The ebb and flow of CBA negotiations between NFL owners and players is something that should be expected. That’s what negotiations are, a give and take.
However, the optimistic reports of a deal getting done “soon” followed by negative reports contradicting them are like watching a soap opera starring Charlie Sheen and Lady Gaga (no, not LeSean McCoy).
But seriously, all of this back and forth, up and down, and toying with my emotions has to stop. I want to believe a deal will be struck soon to end this madness but just as soon as I see positive reports, my hope gets dashed down shortly thereafter by a report stating the opposite.
It has been this way for at least a month. On June 9th a small newspaper in Massachussetts prematurely reported that the lockout was over. Representatives from both sides quickly shot down the report but the newspaper stuck by it, with a slight moderation of that it would be over soon.
Since then, there seems to have been reports almost every week indicating a new potential date for an agreement.
By my count, this is how many times the Lockout was supposed to have ended (or be ending):
Towards the of June
Just before the 4th of July weekend
Now it’s July 21st
See a pattern developing here? Next week is when the lockout will end on the 28th.
And speaking of the latest development, yesterday I wrote about the report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen regarding the July 21st date as being the end. Later on during the afternoon, the obligatory contradicting report came out.
Pete Prisco of CBS Sports quoted an unnamed player as saying the following in response to ESPN’s report:
“That’s not true, the player said. All that is hype coming from the owners side to try and put pressure on us to do a deal. They want to make us look bad. It’s simply not true. There is a lot of work to be done. They are not close.
Consider where that information is coming from, it’s the owners, the player said. Their reason is to try and create all this false hope to put more pressure on us.”
The unfortunate part is this seems totally feasible to me. For the most part, the reports about “progress”, a deal in the near future, and general positivity has been coming mostly from the owners.
The NFLPA representatives have mostly stated things like ”more work needs to be done” and “we’re not that close”, etc etc.
At this point, I don’t know what to believe. All I do know is that I’m starting to feel aggravated like a parent who constantly deals with their two kids arguing over ridiculous things.
Maybe if media outlets stopped covering any news as it relates to the NFL it would actually pressure them into getting a deal done. Maybe if the fans and media placed their focus elsewhere it would grab their attention.
Nothing hurts more than not mattering. Maybe if fans stopped caring, the greedy bastards will start caring.