In the video below, ESPN business analyst Andrew Brandt reports there is an "increasing sense of hope" that the NFL owners and NFL Players Association could avoid a costly and prolonged work stoppage. The pressure Friday is squarely on the owners, according to Brandt, because they must decide whether to accept the players' offer for a second negotiating extension into next week. If the owners turn it down, allowing the collective bargaining agreement to expire Friday night, they will risk incurring the public's wrath.
Brandt was a longtime member of the Green Bay Packers' front office before co-founding the National Football Post. He recently joined ESPN as a television analyst.