NFL's Pash Says Lockout May Not Begin As Soon As CBA Expires
NFL Exec VP and General Counsel Jeff Pash raised the possibility that the NFL may not lock players out on March 4, when the CBA is set to expire. While it has been widely expected that the NFL will lock players out after March 3, Pash said during an update on CBA negotiations, "If you are making progress (towards a new deal) you can stop the clock." Pash spent much of the press conference calling for more negotiations and saying that both players and the league would be hurt economically the longer there is no agreement.
Bob Batterman, the league's outside labor attorney, talked to reporters after the press conference and explained that it was possible to extend the deadline if the two sides were close, although he did not characterize that as a likely scenario. Meanwhile, Batterman, who was the outside labor counsel to the NHL during the '04-05 lockout, said the “only other time I have seen owners as unified as they are here is in 2004 and '05 in hockey.”