NFL and the NFLPA Lockout Countdown: Lockout Day+90, or the Secret Meeting II and Epic Silence

Another week gone, another week full of nothingness.  This is really sounding repetitive…and honestly, quite depressing.  The media and myself could be writing about the mini-camps, the draftees of the respective NFL teams and other things, but the NFL and the dissolved NFLPA are still at an impasse.  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is still hopeful of a season, and NBC is hopeful for a Super Bowl to be held in Indianapolis.  At least, if there is indeed a Super Bowl, even with a shortened eight-game season, we won’t watch the Black Eyed Peas and their horrific techno-rave performance again.

According to an unknown source, who for sake of excitement and rhetoric we’ll call Deep Throat, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith, Chief Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan and assorted team owners and players were in a secret meeting last Tuesday  in a New York City hotel.  Again, nothing of any significance has happened between the collective bargaining agreement between the two gorups.  Perhaps they were talking about the release of former New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress from prison.  Perhaps not.  The $9 billion industry of American football has been held in a stalemate for too long.  I am frustrated, like other fans of the game.  With great optimism, fantasy football promotions are hitting the web, but it’s far too early to count the chickens before they hatch.  Both sides are still awaiting the decision of the  National Labor Relations Board since it will directly impact all court decisions and labor negotations going forward.

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