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An optimist looks at the lockout

I hope you're not too depressed about the looming lockout. Though, I have to admit when neither the NFL or the NFLPA are talking it's pretty hard to put a positive spin on it. That's not stopping some. 

Andrew Brandt from the NFP is optimistic that a deal will still get done by the March 4 deadline. Sure the two sides aren't talking, but Brandt points out that three weeks can be an eternity when it comes to negotiations. 

He goes further, pointing to the bargaining session that was held in Dallas last week prior to the Super Bowl. Here's a key takeaway:

One reason for hope is the bargaining session last Saturday. With scores of players and owners in Dallas for the Super Bowl, the opportunity was used for high-powered and potentially effective people from both sides to participate in the bargaining.

The presence of marquee players and widely respected guys like Peyton Manning and Drew Brees, who made an appearance at the Dallas meetings, is a positive too. Personally, I'd like to see more players, especially players like that, hitting the PR circuit to talk up the very real threat of the lockout. Sure, for them it means no payday, but for us it means no football. And that really sucks. 

Anyway, keep an eye on Brandt's columns because he's doing some great work covering the  CBA battle.