So the NFL owners walked away from the bargaining table after a short session Wednesday because the NFLPA asked for a 50-50 split of all revenues.
It's also called negotiating.
One team general manager told me this week that these negotiations would be like buying a car.
"The salesman says it's a certain price, and you want to pay something else,," the general manager said. "What happens? You walk. that's what will happen with these talks. They will negotiate. And it won't always be friendly."
But I still think it will get done.
When/if NFL players start losing checks -- which happens when bonuses won't get paid out in early March -- then you will see negotiations heating up. I think the players will start pushing union chief DeMaurice Smith on to get a deal done.
For now, the negotiations look ugly. The NFLPA asked for a 50-50 split on all revenues. They got 59.6 percent of that in the last deal, but that's after the owners held back $1billion. This time, according to a team player rep, the league is asking to hold back $2 billion, before dividing up the pie by 50-percent. That's a big chunk to take off the table.
So when the union asked for the 50-50 split with just $1 billion off the top, the owners walked. They also canceled a session scheduled for Thursday and the owners canceled a meeting among themselves scheduled for next Tuesday.
It's ugly. And expect it to get worse before it gets better. But don't get worked into a tizzy over it. It's called negotiating.