Well this is promising.
In the midst of tense negotiations between the National Football League Players Association and league owners, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith has asked NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to speak at the NFLPA rookie symposium. And Goodell has agreed to do it.
The commissioner will appear at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Sarasota, FL Wednesday morning. A symposium called The Business of Football: Rookie Edition will be held at the IMG Academy nearby. Goodell and Smith left Minneapolis on the same flight Tuesday night.
Now, don't go thinking the lockout is officially over. What you can read into this is that the relationship between the two strongest personalities on both sides is cordial, and maybe, just maybe, that's because they're finding more and more things to agree on.