There is a still a great deal of work to do, and any agreements could unravel at any day, hour or minute, but it appears the owners and players have made significant headway in reaching a new labor agreement, according to multiple sources familiar with the discussions.
One high ranking member of the former union estimated to me a new deal would be reached within two to three weeks, if not sooner. “This is the most optimistic I’ve been in many months,” he said.
But, like many sources, he urged extreme caution, saying talks could easily break down. “There’s a great deal of animosity to work through,” he said.
The sides will continue to talk in the coming days.