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NFL Lockout On Hold As Collective Bargaining Agreement Extended 24 Hours

The seemingly never-ending saga that is the NFL labor situation will go on for at least another day before a lockout is in effect. Originally the current collective bargaining agreement was set to expire at 11:59 p.m. tonight, but the NFL and NFLPA have agreed to extend that time by 24 hours. This means that the CBA will now expire at 11:59 p.m. on Friday.

What exactly does this mean? Sports Illustrated's Don Banks reports that the extension was agreed upon so a longer extension can be worked out. It's unclear how much closer the two sides are to a deal, but extending the expiration of the CBA allows negotiations to continue without the NFLPA decertifying or the owners locking out players.

In the end this extension could just be delaying the inevitable, which is the union filing for decertification or the owners locking out players or both. For now, though, the best thing football fans can do is hope that both sides realize a deal needs to be done, which is why the CBA won't expire for at least another day. It is tough to look at this and think it will matter, but as someone on Twitter said, this is like overtime, which is better than a loss.