Midnight tonight is the deadline for the NFL owners and players to come to an agreement, or a lockout is possible. It’s looking for the moment like both sides want to avoid a football apocalypse.
There’s optimism building that the NFL owners and NFL Players Association will strike a deal avoiding a lockout for the rest of the spring and summer. There was a 24-hour extension filed on Thursday night and the rumor floating around is that they want to extend things another week, though that obviously has yet to happen.
Key issues: revenue sharing, and length of season. If there’s a lockout, the coming season would be the first NFL season to be interrupted by a labor dispute since the 1987 season. Which, ironically, was a very entertaining if bizarre season. But that was a strike, this would be a lockout. There would simply be no football.