The deadline for the NFL and the player's union to come to terms on a new CBA is midnight tonight. For a long time, it looked like that deadline would come and pass without an agreement being reached. But now, extension of that deadline is seeming like a very legitimate possibility.
This is getting more interesting than most thought. Three sources: Extension of talks now a definite possibility.
I'm going to read between the lines here a little bit, mostly because I want to optimistic about a new deal being reached. I don't think the two sides would decide to extend the deadline window if they didn't think that there was a very real possibility that they could reach an agreement on a new CBA in the new timeframe. Otherwise, what would be the point of extending the deadline?
The only reason to extend the talks would be to reach an agreement. Or else it would just be a dog and pony show for the media and the fans, and I don't think that is what the two sides want to do. If they extend the deadline, my optimism for a deal will increase greatly.