The talks to end the NFL lockout made significant progress on Thursday as a group of owners and players reportedly agreed on the basic principles of a rookie wage scale. The two sides have a number of minor issues remaining but it appears we are "on the fast track" to get a deal done, according to ESPN's Sal Paolantonio.
We could be hearing the news we've been waiting for all summer -- that the lockout is over -- within 24-48 hours. We've heard that before, so be cautious in assuming it'll get done, but there's certainly a number of reports indicating we've had a breakthrough.
My initial reaction: finally.
It's been over four months since the NFL lockout started and it's completely ruined our NFL offseason leaving us talking about things like a stay, injunctions and other court terms that require a law dictionary. The NFL is perhaps the only sport that has a 365-days-a-year feel to it and that's something they have worked hard to do. Fans are more engaged in the NFL than any other sport.
That's a good thing...when there's labor peace.
When there's a lockout, that's a very bad thing because, even though it's "just" the offseason, it's something we as fans have been looking forward to.
Bring it home, NFL owners and players. We've been waiting for this.