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The mysterious moving NFL lockout end date

It seems like every week, there is a new report about the end of the NFL Lockout... and every week, that deadline comes and goes.

Frankly, NFL fans are like Charlie Brown and the NFL has been acting like Lucy..

It started back in June when the owners met in Chicago. There were reports that ownership was being briefed on the framework of a potential new deal and that an agreement could be weeks away. In fact, one source even speculated that the papers could be “drawn up” by Friday of that week if they wanted to. They weren’t.

Sources even told Washington Post reporter Mark Maske that in the wake of those meetings, it was “increasingly realistic” that a deal could get done before the July 4th holiday. It didn’t. Noticing a pattern?

Then the date July 15th emerged. That was going to be the day that a deal had to be done to preserve the preseason and regular season. If not, the owners stood to lose $800 million in preseason revenue... Now, it seems, that date isn’t so firm.

This past week, ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortenson jointly reported that the NFL is now shooting for July 21st as the day a new deal will be ratified. Why? Because the owners are meeting in Atlanta that day. Having deja-vu (hint: look up two paragraphs)? So now July 21st is the day the lockout ends... or is it? Not according to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, who hears that an agreement will be done on July 17th.

It’s getting to be tough as a fan to constantly get your hopes up only to have them dashed time and time again. Fans aren’t alone in that frustration either: in a recent interview with a Miami radio station, Giants safety Antrel Rolle sounded like he was tired of the moving lockout end date as well.

“To be honest with you I have been hearing that it is going to get done in a week, two weeks, ever since the beginning of March, so I’m at the point right now that whenever it happens I’ll be ready and whenever I get that call I’ll be ready. That’s the only thing I’m looking forward to right now.”

Jason Brewer is the manager of Bleeding Green Nation, SB Nation's Philadelphia Eagles blog, and the editor of SB Nation Philly.


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