We have heard this one before only to be burned with the lockout continuing. But are the owners and players close to reaching an agreement and ending the lockout? ESPN.com is reporting the owners and players are making progress with the talks however not all owners are on board with what is being negotiated. ESPN does not name which teams are against the potential agreement but said two of the owners are in the AFC.
In order for no time to be missed during training camp and for the full schedule of games to be played an agreement must be reached by July 14. So this has become the unofficial point of no return date for NFL fans if they want to see the 2011 season uninterrupted.
This whole lockout thing is ridiculous and while most fans are not choosing sides I am in the corner of the players. The owners agreed to extend the collective bargaining agreement in 2006 and then two years later agreed to opt out of it after the 2010 season.
The NFL is the most popular sport in the United States and the biggest money maker. For owners to jeopardize losing hundreds of millions of dollars because they want a bigger slice of the pie from the players is money hungry at its worst. If the July 14 deadline passes without a new agreement the owners will be the ones to blame as they cannot even agree amongst themselves let alone with the players.