The NFL and NFLPA continue to haggle over some issues as it relates to how they end the NFL lockout. Judy Battista of the New York Times has provided a solid look at each side's position as of Thursday afternoon.
The players will vote on Thursday night to approve the settlement and recommend re-forming as a union. However, the NFLPA wants the players to actually sign union cards and not conduct an email or phone vote. So, the players want the league to open the doors while they go through this process of re-forming as a union, which could take a few days.
The owners will vote on Thursday afternoon and it's believed that they'll approve the deal. However, they do not want to re-open the league until the players officially re-form as a union. Battista tweets, "League does not trust that union would reform without complication."
This basically puts us into some kind of endless circle in which we're wondering whether the chicken or the egg comes first. Indications are that the owners will be voting very shortly on the proposed CBA. Approval from them could help put some of these issues to bed when the players get on their conference call at 8:00 p.m. (ET).
The players need to convince the owners they'll re-form as a union without any problems and the owners need to trust that the players will do that. We're at the point where waiting even a few days could delay training camp (even more) and possibly eliminate the first preseason game of the year, the Rams and Bears Hall of Fame game on Aug. 7.