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Reports: NFL players, owners talking about extension of deadline

03.03.11 at 1:56 pm ET

Multiple reports now indicate that NFL players and owners are talking about a possible extension of the midnight deadline that would allow them to continue working on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported three sources indicated the extension of the talks are “now a definite possibility,” similar to what happened during CBA negotiations in 2006. It is not known how long the extension would last, but the idea of an extension is an optimistic sign for a negotiation that appears to be coming down to the wire.

Another reason for football fans to be encouraged includes the fact that the players’ union has not yet decided to file for decertification. If the NFLPA does file for decertification ‘€” something they would have to do by 5 p.m. to have it affect the current CBA ‘€” the players would be allowed to file suit against the owners for restricting trade. (Disbanding the union would be necessary because a union is not allowed to sue a party with which it is collectively bargaining.) That would start a chain of events where the whole negotiation would end up in the courts, tying up the talks and almost certainly having long-term affects on the game.

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