Common consensus surrounding the NFL lockout as of late is that it is almost over, as the league and the players have nearly come to an agreement. This after finally putting to rest how the revenue was to be split between players (48%) and owners (52%).
Then commissioner Roger Goodell, and formerly the NFLPA’s (de-certified) executive director DeMaurice Smith, both made appearances at the rookie symposium this week, only fueling speculation that a deal was imminent.
Unfortunately as quick as the hope a deal was actually close had arrived, it’s right back off the table according to several “sources” close to the situation.
It’s been reported that the owners have reneged on the current offer and are now looking to secure a $500 million dollar expense credit that would effectively limit the players share of the revenue to 45%, not the agreed upon 48%, and the players just are not willing to let that happen.
The owners are so far denying the change and maintain that negotiations are on-going, meanwhile players contend that the change has drastically altered the state of the negotiations and that it’s a major setback in getting a new deal in place on-time for a brief free agency period heading into training camps.