Report: CBA Could Come In 2-3 Weeks

The latest round of face-to-face negotiations is taking place in eastern Maryland.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Tuesday, June 14th, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Categories: Ryan Mink

There’s been a recent surge of optimism in collective bargaining talks, but it now seems to have hit another gear.

The Washington Post’s Marke Maske is reporting that people on both the players and owners sides say a deal could be reached in two to three weeks.

“The NFL and locked out players have made enough progress in their recent negotiations that a deal between the two sides is within reach,” Maske wrote.

After being held in secret in a Chicago suburb, then on Long Island, N.Y., face-to-face negotiations have come close to home for Ravens fans. Multiple outlets are reporting the two sides are meeting somewhere on Maryland’s eastern shore Tuesday and that talks will continue Wednesday.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen said lawyers for both sides are back in the room, which could be a positive sign that negotiations are becoming more detailed. Mortensen’s sources characterized the owners and players as being in “deal-making mode.”

Former NFLPA Assistant Executive Director of External Affairs George Atallah tweeted, “We’re focusing all our efforts on a long-term settlement, agreement and resolution. That’s what we can control.”

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has long delivered the message that a deal will be reached through negotiation, not the courtroom.

The two sides are still waiting on a ruling from the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals on whether owners are legally permitted to lock out players.

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