A Twitter fight. The NFL and the NFLPA sparred with each other last night, following what I would assume to be an unproductive day of negotiations, using 140 character bursts. Think about that when the disappointment hits you, when you realize there isn't going to be football this year. Think about the final skirmish happening via Twitter.
Comments made by NFL lead counsel Jeff Pash to the press after talks yesterday started it all. Pash questioned the NFLPA's commitment to working out a deal. DeMaurice Smith shot back with a remark about the league's lockout insurance. Pash's remarks stem from the union rejecting the financial information offered by the league. The NFLPA wanted to see all the books, for all 32 teams, the NFL offered something less, a look back at five years of league profit numbers.
It seems trifling, but considering the two sides are arguing over how to divide anywhere from $600 million to $1 billion in revenues, it does matter.
There's another day of talking left. What happens now remains to be seen. For the optimists out there, the heated rhetoric might get calmed enough today to work something out, an extension at least. More likely than not, mediation results in an impasse. From there, the NFLPA will decertify, file an antitrust motion against the NFL and send the whole thing to court...where the owners will likely have to open all their books anyway.
It's going to be a wild ride today. Stay tuned...and follow us on Twitter as well as all the other action.