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Kraft: "Progress, but work to be done"
Posted Jun. 09 at 06:51 AM
You've probably heard that the NFL owners and players have been meeting "secretly" in recent days, which appears to mean simply that lawyers aren't involved. New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft talked about the progress today, and the good news is, there is some.
"We're talking now, we're making progress, but there's a lot of work to be done," said Kraft. He goes on to note that the fact that all the principals are speaking is a "very positive thing."
Kraft pointed out that a deal isn't imminent, either because there are still significant issues to be resolved, or because he doesn't want to fill anyone with false optimism. (Or, perhaps, lose any leverage in the negotiating by appearing to seem too urgent or conciliatory.)
"I want football back," Kraft said. "I think we're getting close to having to put this thing to bed, so we don't miss any events. I know that's the intent on both sides, but it would be misleading to say anything that would not make it crystal clear that there's a lot of hard work still to be done.
"But the good news is we're talking, and I think we went 44 days without having communications, and the lawyers on each side were doing stuff. That to me isn't progress. I think as long as the principles on each side keep talking -- and we're talking -- and addressing the issues, we've got a chance to solve it."
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