Goodell-Smith Relationship Sparks Progress

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This is how quickly the labor situation is changing. It changes by the day, the hour, the minute.

Early Saturday afternoon two players and one management source stated the two sides were in a "staring contest." Progress was chugging along slowly.

Then, later Saturday, a breakthrough. One high ranking member of the trade association said so much progress was made that a deal was near. Player reps, I'm told, believe a deal is near.

Now, we've heard this before, but this time -- hopefully -- it's true.

One thing that's certain is that Saturday was a highly productive one after a slow few days in which it looked like a deal might take longer than expected.

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