NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement 2011: Why Another Extension Is Needed

Christopher HowlandCorrespondent IIIMarch 11, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 08: NFL Commissioner Roger  (C) leaves negotiations at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service building March 8, 2011 in Washington, DC. Representatives from the National Football League (NFL) and National Football League Players' Association (NFLPA) continue to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement between players and owners. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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As another deadline day quickly became the present, the only real way a peaceful agreement can be made is if the NFL players and owners decide to extend the negotiations further.

The only real way I see an agreement formulating today is if both sides enter the room and someone locks the door from the outside and tells them they can't come out unless a deal is pounded out.

As Friday’s deadline is already here, both sides still need to work out how they’re going to split the roughly $9 billion in revenue, and if history has shown us anything, today is just baby steps.

Extending the deadline seems to be the only logically option at this point because both sides remain so far apart and there is no telling if a pact can be hammered out today.

And if negotiations are extended, honestly, how much worse can it get for NFL fans?

Where already basically facing lockout-type operations.

Sure, the combine and draft did and are still scheduled to take place, but free agency is on hold, the NFL trade rumors and hot stove is nonexistent and players aren’t allowed at NFL complexes.

As federal mediator George Cohen continues to try to smooth things out between the two sides in hope of reaching some plausible agreement, it would be in his best interest to extend the talks to sometime in the middle of next week.

This will give both sides the opportunity to take the weekend to think about it and hopefully reopen talks with a more optimistic demeanor.

As the time ticks away, I guess only time will tell us how all this nonsense shapes up.