The good news is that the owners and players made good progress today on one of the biggest sticking points in the ongoing labor negotiations: rookie contracts. Perhaps the best news of all is that it was the group of owners that offered what are reported to be “significant concessions”.
The negotiations remain complicated, even as an issue identified as one of the biggest comes close to a resolution. Albert Breer explained on twitter:
Something to remember: There are still a “big handful” of issues left. Some important. And it won’t be like going down a checklist. …
… What that means is different aspects of a deal are intertwined, so an unresolved issue can effect one where the sides have agreed. …
… That said, seems like it’s been a good day upstairs. Progress on rookie issue represents a breakthrough that’s been needed for a while.
Tomorrow is one of the days identified as an unofficial deadline for reaching an agreement. July 21 has also been mentioned as a day. In either case, we’re now looking at a matter of days before we know how these negotiations will impact the 2011 season.
[update] It now appears that the owners made enough of an offer to reach an agreement on rookie pay according to ESPN.