Chicago was home to a secret meeting between NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL Players’ Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith on Wednesday night, and it could lead to significant developments toward ending the lockout.â†µ
It was reported Wednesday that the meeting was only for NFL owners, but on Thursday morning Adam Schefter reported on ESPN that Smith and NFLPA officials were there as well.â†µ
On Friday the owners and players will go to court in St. Louis for a hearing in their ongoing lawsuit, but the fact that they’re willing to sit down and talk before that is a very good sign that they might work out a deal with themselves, without needing the courts to impose a deal on them.â†µ
As Mike Florio notes at Pro Football Talk, a major reason for optimism is the news that this meeting was done without getting the lawyers involved.â†µ
We can only hope that this is a sign of real progress, and that the lockout might actually end before training camps are scheduled to open.