The deadline in the current CBA comes on Friday night and it's unclear if the NFL and NFLPA, who have been negotiating for nearly two consecutive weeks, will extend the deadline again as they did last week, or if we will enter the worst case scenario, which is decertification by the union and a lockout by the owners.
The two sides reportedly aren't making much progress on the main issue -- how to divide the over $9 billion in revenue. The sides are reportedly around $800 million apart as opposed to the $1 billion where they started so that's minimal progress. We're not sure where they stand on that issue but we know it's the No. 1 issue.
They've made some progress on other minor issues like a rookie wage scale, according to reports. Though no deal is believed to be completed, it's been reported that they have a basic agreement down. That apparently hasn't been the spark in the negotiations to make progress on the revenue front.
The two sides also seem to be talking more despite the federal mediator's request for a media blackout. As we've suggested, the quieter the two sides are, I think the more likely they are to get a deal done. Speaking publicly will undoubtedly agitate the other side.
The extension for a new agreement comes on Friday night. If a deal can't be done, it's unknown if there will be another extension to prolong the talks.