The feel-good attitude over ending the NFL Lockout that permeated the last few days became a bit more muted on Thursday night after another day of talks ended. According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, the formula for a revenue split between the owners and the players has been negated by the owners.
According to the players, the two sides agreed to a 52-48 split in favor of the owners. However, it appears that the owners went away from that proposal and want an additional $500 million to offset expenses, lowering the players' take by nearly 3 percent. This change on the owner's part came around when talks picked up last week:
Player sources contend the owners' terms changed when the two sides convened a day after owners met June 21 in Chicago. A source said the players went into Thursday's negotiating session with owners at the table, hoping to "get them back on track. They wouldn't move. It's disappointing."
Owners don't believe they have turned their back on any deal; rather, they are still negotiating and never agreed to anything.
We're still several weeks away from any new collective bargaining agreement being agreed upon by both sides.