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NFL Lockout 2011 Looms: Longer Deadline Extension of CBA Possible

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The NFL's imminent lockout was put on hold for at least 24 hours as owners agreed to extend the deadline late last night. Now, it's possible there may be a longer deadline extension. Word, is both sides are working towards a 10-day extension for the CBA deadline in hopes of reaching an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement.

The expiration of the CBA is tonight at midnight, but with solid discussions in recent days there could be a resolution to the NFL labor saga in the coming days, which makes another CBA extension likely.

According to ESPN, "NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and several league executives arrived at the offices of federal mediator George Cohen in the morning, with the current collective bargaining agreement set to expire at 11:59 p.m. ET. Both groups agreed to a 24-hour extension on Thursday, with another extension on the agenda."

According to ProFootballTalk.com the reality of a new CBA is possible.

One thing is clear, if the NFL Owners and NFL Players Union are willing to extend labor talks, this places a greater sense of urgency on both sides to reach a resolution to a new collective bargaining agreement.

The NFL Labor Plot thickens. Stay tuned.

Contact Dennis Bakay at dbakay@philly2philly.com