The owners and players are scheduled to resume talks next week, according to Albert Breer of the NFL Network.
Talking doesn't necessarily translate to a new deal but it's a step in the right direction. A few teams have started announcing that season ticket sales will start in the middle of July. I'm hoping that those dates aren't a coincidence and owners are selling tickets then because they believe the lockout will be over by that point. That's my hope at least. (Joel Thorman, SB Nation)
Reports indicated that the two sides were extremely close to reaching an agreement, but Patriots owner Robert Kraft shot down the notion that the lockout is nearly over, as reported by the Eagle-Tribune on Thursday.
The lockout, which is in it's 87th day, began on March 11th after the players union decertified and the owners locked the players out. If the two sides can't reach an agreement within the next few weeks, the Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals will make a ruling on the arguments presented by both sides last week in St. Louis.