…And Still We Wait! Kessler Holding Up Deal?

There is no word today being leaked that any of the named plaintiffs are holding out signing the possibly new CBA for their own greed.  No 10 million dollar this or that and no mention either of the 320 million that yesterday and last night seemed to dominate the newswires.  Either the players never asked, rescinded, or the owners gave in.  Today it’s entirely something else.

Jeffrey Kessler.

Kessler is lead attorney for the players and in reality has been seen as more into this labor situation for his own benefit than that of the players he was hired to represent.  On two occasions, DeMaurice Smith sent Kessler our of the room during negotiations.  So is it any surprise that when the players and owners should be saying “yea” or “Neigh” that Kessler’s name once again pops up?  It’s even sadder that NFL fans should even have to know who Kessler is.

Most of today’s hold-up surrounds Kessler’s insistance that a new NFLPA union can not be reformed for at least two weeks.  It’s also being reported that Kessler is speaking with some of the players and the fear is he is advising them not to opt for a re-certification.  Something that would not allow this CBA to move forward or the NFL to accept.  If the union does not reform, then all deals are off and the lockout will remain in place until a judge orders the NFL to lift it.

For now, it seems more and more likely that at least one pre-season game could be on the chopping block.  Hall of Fame organizers have said they expect a decision by tomorrow.  I suppose that was when everyone else expected a new CBA today.

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