Hours after the NFL and the trade organization formerly known as the NFLPA burned the midnight oil with a negotiation session that lasted 12 and a half hours, the two sides are back at it already. They’re burning the candle at both ends, and we’re burning through clichés at breakneck speed.

Word is, the two parties spent most of Thursday discussing the all-important revenue split. I’m not a lawyer, or a businessman, and I’m not very smart, but it seems odd to me that they’ve had to spend this much time bargaining with each other over essentially where or how to balance the scale. Are the players going to get 46 percent, 50 percent, or something between those two numbers? Sure, it’s the biggest negotiation sticking point, but that doesn’t mean it has to be complicated.

Anyway, Mark Maske of the Washington Post reported late last night that the sides “are inching closer to possible resolution of division-of-revenues issue but there’s no deal on it yet and talks remain fragile.”

So while progress is apparently being made, the pace is a crawl and the process remains delicate. The sides are still haggling and caucusing, and it continues to look as though we might not reach the end of this tunnel of legalese until next week.

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