The NFL and its players agreed to extend their collective bargaining agreement by 24 hours yesterday, making midnight tonight the new zero hour for the football apocalypse. NFL kommisar Roger Goodell has been whining for months about what a bad deal this had been for the owners, but I guess it’s still good enough to extend by a day. But El Roge will have more to complain about soon if the league’s most famous players decide to sue the league.
If the NFLPA eventually decertifies and enters antitrust litigation with the NFL, it will form ranks behind arguably its three premier field generals.
According to multiple outlets, including NFL Network and ESPN, QBs Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Peyton Manning would be the union’s lead plaintiffs in any kind of antitrust suit.
People will sit on pins and needles for the rest of the day, but here’s what will happen: Jeff Pash will drop a taco and it’ll be the third lead story on ESPN. Then there might be another extension so talks can break down during the weekend when fewer people are paying attention. Maybe it won’t happen exactly like that, but we will have a lockout. What’s a lockout? Think about Indonesian kids making Nikes for 12 hours a day. It’s almost the opposite of that.