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NFL Lockout: Owners, Players Continue Talking Next Week

It doesn't sound like a labor agreement between the players and owners is imminent but it's great to hear that the two sides will continue to talk. Albert Breer of NFL Network reports the two sides will meet face-to-face again next week to continue the push for a new CBA to end the NFL lockout.

Talking doesn't necessarily translate to a new deal but it's a step in the right direction. A few teams have started announcing that season ticket sales will start in the middle of July. I'm hoping that those dates aren't a coincidence and owners are selling tickets then because they believe the lockout will be over by that point. That's my hope at least.

If the two sides can't come to an agreement in the next few weeks, the Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals will rule on the arguments they heard last week in St. Louis. Judge Kermit Bye said after that session that the court would make a ruling in due time that neither side would like. Let's hope the two sides recognize that and get something done soon.

It seems that we're gaining a slight bit of optimism with the NFL lockout in the past week. That doesn't mean something will get done but it's encouraging to see folks around the league moving away from the doom-and-gloom scenarios.

That said, every time I've felt some optimism in this ordeal, it's been knocked shortly thereafter.