The NFL lockout is now a mere hours away as we wait to hear if the two sides have a breakthrough in negotiations or whether the union will decertify and the league will lock out the players. There are still more developments to come on Thursday (the deal expires at midnight) but it's important that both sides get a deal done now, and not let this hit the courts.
Ravens WR Derrick Mason appeared on a radio show this week and gave a great explanation as to why doing it now is so important:
"I'm of the belief, and I think a lot of people are, that if we can't get a deal done before Thursday, then what incentive do the owners have to get a deal done between March and when the season is supposed to start?" Mason said during a radio interview with Fox1370. "We're going to keep working as a [players association] to try and get something done, because you never want something to go to the last hour."
Bingo. If a deal isn't done now, what's the motivation to do a deal until later in the summer? There's no other deadline, whether it's real or artificial. Everyone knows each passing day there is a lockout, everyone will lose money. Still, though, the league is clearly prepared to take this thing into the season.
That's why doing something now is so important.