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Report: union, owners discussing CBA extension

Posted on: March 3, 2011 1:45 pm
Edited on: March 3, 2011 2:08 pm
The scene outside the labor negotiations (
Photo by Clark Judge,

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The biggest news to come out of this morning’s NFL-NFLPA mediation session is that, as of 1:30 p.m. ET, the two sides are still inside the building, presumably negotiating, and they're talking about extending the CBA.

Word has begun to filter out that the two sides are talking about an extension that would allow the owners and the union to continue to negotiate (according to Sports Illustrated’s Jim Trotter, the owners were the ones to request it, and the union would have to sign off on the deal). Naturally, that means the union's plan to decertify and the owners' plan to lock out the players could be on hold. If the union doesn't get the assurances it wants, though, it still could file those decertification papers by 4 p.m. ET.
But the fact that both sides didn’t immediately, “Screw it, we’re outta here,” is (relatively) decent news. 

Meanwhile, a huge glut of reporters, including’s own Clark Judge, is twiddling their thumbs on the streets of Washington and waiting for some kind of news that’s actually confirmed (the news in the above paragraph doesn’t necessarily qualify).

Some have been huddling at the Starbucks up the block, and others have moved across the street in an attempt to stay warm, because the sun, blocked by the big buildings, is beginning to disappear on the sidewalk.

Hopefully, they’ll have to wait the rest of the day. Not because I don’t feel pity for the reporters – lord knows I’ve waited longer for stories on topics that were much less important than this – but because that means the sides are continuing to talk.

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Posted on: March 3, 2011 3:09 pm

Report: union, owners discussing CBA extension

Pity the reporters, who are there to all but mug and assault people as they leave the building?  How about you stop acting like wingless vultures and more like human beings, then you wouldn't have to worry about having to endure such 'hardships' like *gasp* standing outside. 

Here's an idea....while they are waiting, why don't all those reporters interview the hot dog vendor or the newspaper stand guy on how much they feel sorry for the reporters being forced to stand outside while they wait to mischaracterize whatever the owners and players say when they leave the building?

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