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NFL Lockout: Expect the Lockout to End Early Next Week.

More than any other day in during the dark ages (the lockout) today began with the hope that the lockout would meet its end. Yesterday the two sides agreed on a rookie wage scale and a whole host of issues became resolved in the domino effect. There will be no deal and no death to the lockout today. The two sides have adjourned for the day.

And with that any resolution will almost assuredly have to wait until next week, as they will continue the process of having the lawyers bang out verbiage on the weekend, but the parties will wait to resume negotiating until next week.

The league and the NFLPA released a joint statement that I copy from ESPN:

Our legal and financial teams will continue to work through the weekend. We will continue to respect the confidentiality orders of Chief Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan and will therefore refrain from commenting on specific issues or aspects of the negotiations. We will provide additional information as developments in this process.

It was first believed that the remaining stumbling block was the right of first refusal. But according to the well connected Albert Breer that is not the case. Twitter / @AlbertBreer:

I'm told two major things left are the actual settlement details of the litigation, and player safety and related issues (i.e. Offseason).

If that is indeed the case, it is reasonable to expect a deal on Monday or Tuesday.