NFL commissioner Roger Goodell sure looks tired, doesn't he?
In the last hours before the NFL's collective bargaining agreement was set to expire, and with no accord in sight, the league's owners and the players association decided on a 24-hour negotiation extension into Friday.
Then, on Friday, they extended the CBA expiration by a week so that the two sides could re-prioritize their respective demands before resuming negotiations in front of a federal mediator on Monday.
While the mere fact that the two sides keep extending the deal is cause for optimism, there is still significant distance between what each side demands. The leverage has vacillated from one side to other and is no small advantage at the bargaining table.
Both sides are apparently working hard to get a new CBA signed, but the staunch positioning of each side makes this thing unlikely at this point. Here are five reasons why, barring another extension, the NFL and its players union will not strike an agreement anytime soon.