Another round of discussions between the NFL owners and players concluded in Boston on Thursday and for one of the very few (or only) times NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFLPA's DeMaurice Smith stood together to speak to reporters following the conclusion of the meeting.
We can't read much into that but them speaking together and shaking hands is better than nothing. It seems as if trust is being restored and the two sides are genuinely working to get a deal done.
On the NFL talks, Goodell said:
"De and I were here the entire meetings. And it's complicated, it's complex, and we're working hard. We understand the fans' frustration, but both of us are continuing to work hard at it."
And Smith said:
"We know we're talking about the right issues. And we're working hard to get it done. It's extremely complicated, it requires a lot of hard work by all the people, but we're going to keep working at it."
Let's hope they keep working. Many folks have been talking about the renewed optimism in recent weeks so let's hope that momentum continues and we're soon dissecting the new CBA.
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