The current deadline for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement deal ends tonight, Thursday March 3rd 2011, at 11:59 pm. However, both the NFL and the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) said they are discussing pushing the deadline and essentially ‘stopping the clock’.
Essentially, both sides want more time to discuss a deal so the NFL proposed a deadline extension. The NFLPA is not quite satisfied with the league’s current offer to extend the deadline because the union says that the owners will not “ensure progress and not just a delay of game” said an NFL source.
A similar extension was put into place during the 2006 negotiations, and in that case, the extension allowed the negotiating parties to reach an agreement.
The players union is prepared, without a deal in place after Thursday, to decertify, meaning that the union would no longer represent the players.
This would greatly benefit the negotiations, and personally, I don’t know why it isn’t already in place. Both sides should have put this into effect a week ago, just as a precaution, that would have been greatly appreciated by every NFL fan everywhere. I don’t know about you, but I just want to see some football next year. Also, by not putting this into effect, the NFL and the NFLPA would be essentially freezing the players’ paychecks, which is never good.
To conclude, if this extension doesn’t happen, you may see Peyton Manning flipping burgers at a McDonalds near you.
UPDATE: The NFL and the NFLPA have agreed to extend the deadline for a new CBA deal 24 hours. Now the deal had to be done by Friday (tomorrow) at 11:59 pm. Personally, I think it should have extended the deadline at least a week, not just a day. Although it is very beneficial that anything was done to extend the deadline.
Luckily for Peyton Manning, he won’t be flipping burgers for at least another 24 hours.
UPDATING THE UPDATE: After extending the deadline for a new CBA deal one day, both sides have now pushed it back another week, making the new deadline Friday, March 11th at 11:59 pm. Aside from my original criticism, the NFL and the NFLPA have both handled this very well. They extended the deadline a day, to give them enough time to postpone it another week.
CONCLUSION: In the first update, I said that the deadline should have been extended “at least a week, not just a day” and then, the deadline was extended a week. I think that means I should be a labor negotiator…does anybody have Roger Goodell’s phone number? I think I might be able to put a new CBA deal in place.