Thursday Evening Labor Update

OK, so much for deadlines.

If and what the NFL and its players got done in negotiations on Thursday remains unknown, but they did agree to something and then made it happen – they have extended the labor agreement that was to expire Thursday evening for 24 hours.

That makes the new deadline 11 p.m. on Friday.

There’s an indication that the one-day extension will lead to an even longer extension. Various media outlets reported that there was more to get done than could happen in one day. But the clock was ticking and the parties had to file the necessary paperwork with Judge David Doty in Minneapolis before the end of the court day. That got done, and supposedly talks will continue on Friday with the idea of putting in for a longer extension.

“We’re going to keep working,” was all that NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith said afterwards.

The NFL’s lead negotiator Jeff Pash called it “a good day of work” and that he expects to return at 8:30 a.m. on Friday. “We’re going to keep at it as long as it takes,” Pash said.

As the session broke up and major players like Smith, Pash and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell left the offices of the federal mediator, other members of both negotiating teams remained behind with dialogue continuing.

Despite the extension, the rules on personnel moves stayed in place and teams cannot cut, re-sign players or make any player moves after 10:59 p.m. CST on Thursday. Teams are free to negotiate with players and agents, but signings are prohibited.

By adding the extra time, it provides the players a chance to review a league proposal that was made on Friday. Reportedly, the players also made concessions in the last several meetings.

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