NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell spoke to reporters following the latest meeting with the NFLPA and federal mediator George Cohen. The big news coming out of the meeting is that talks have been extended for another seven days meaning there is now momentum to getting a new CBA done.
"We've extended our agreement for mediation for another seven days," Goodell told reporters. "We are continuing to work hard trying to identify solutions. We believe that this will be solved through negotiations. That's what we're focused on. We'll continue to work hard and we'll be back next week."
The two sides will take the weekend off from formal negotiating sessions only to return on Monday for five more days of negotiations.
Goodell did have one great sound bite in his press conference: "Talking is better than litigating." If the two sides hadn't extended the deal, then the next step would have been litigation and, potentially, a lockout.
So we're back to doing what we were doing before -- waiting.