NFL Lockout: Roger Goodell, DeMaurice Smith Still Talking

Yes, the NFL lockout is still alive but we hope to have a resolution to that very soon, perhaps within hours or days. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith continued to talk through issues on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning, according to ESPN's Sal Paolantonio.

The first step for both sides is to approve a settlement agreement that would resolve the antitrust and TV lawsuits. Once that's done, the two sides can start wrapping up the collective bargaining agreement.

Depending on who you listen to, the players reportedly took a vote on Wednesday regarding the settlement which was "conditional" meaning there are still minor issues to clear up. The owners are already meeting on Thursday morning and, if the players can officially pass the settlement approval through, the owners would then take their vote.

Once the settlement issues are cleared up, the players will presumably re-certify as a union, which could take some time (unknown how long that would be), and formalize the CBA with the owners.

So we may not officially end the NFL lockout on Thursday but we can take another step in the right direction.

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