Many people were hopeful going into the seven straight days of talks with a mediator between National Football League owners and NFLPA representatives would result into a new collective bargaining agreement, or at the very least be close to one.
With the talks now over NFL fans have been slapped back to reality.
George H. Cohen of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services released a statement, via Pro Football Talk, that squashed fans hopes.
“Some progress was made,” Cohen said, “but very strong differences remain on the all-important core issues that separate the parties.”
To be honest I am not surprised as we’re talking about a group of owners that walked out on the NFLPA during negotiations earlier this month. Let’s not forget the heal dragging by the NFLPA to the negotiating table as talks should have started last month, but the NFLPA dragged its heals to see if they would win their claim in the lockout insurance.
Mediated negotiations are set to resume March 1st, but lets face it it won’t be until the end of March at the earliest that a new CBA will be struck.
In the end, there will be a regular season the question is will free agency come before or after the NFL Draft in April.