Optimism is rising that the NFL lockout may be reaching an end. Reportedly, NFL owners and the players held talks throughout Thursday, and could be closing in on the deal that football fans have been hoping for. After the talks, renown agent Leigh Steinberg felt that he saw enough understanding from the meetings to declare that a new collective bargaining agreement would be agreed upon within a week.
"In the middle of a gold rush, no one wants to be the party that kills the golden goose," Steinberg said. "Players' salaries are at an all-time high. Revenues are at an all-time high. The NFL is America's passion.
"The good old days in football economics are right now."
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL players association executive director DeMaurice Smith recommenced direct negotiations on Thursday after legal teams from both sides spent the previous two days writing up several chief principals of the new agreement. After which, the players union held a conference call that updated the primary plaintiffs of the progress. Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Logan Mankins, Osi Umenyiora, and Broncos rookie Von Miller were said to be in on the call.
With training camps set to start just weeks from now, time is running short for the two sides. Should these latest developments crumble, it's likely that the NFL would be forced to abandon its lucrative plans for the 2011-2012 preseason.