NEW YORK --- Think back four months to that day in March when the NFL lockout began. The general opinion was the owners and players would reach a new labor agreement long before training camps opened.
Well, some training camps open at the end of next week, and the two sides have not yet gotten it done. They are close with several key issues -- particularly how to split more than $9 billion in revenues -- just about settled.
But there is serious doubt that a disruption to the preseason can be avoided. While the regular season still appears safe, many teams will need to delay training camp without a collective bargaining agreement in place soon.
The New York Giants and Jets and the Baltimore Ravens already have canceled out-of-town camps and will do all their preseason work at their home facilities.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame inductions will go on as scheduled on Aug. 6.
SHOW OF SUPPORT: Hall of Fame receiver Michael Irvin says his womanizing might have stemmed from seeing an older brother whom he idolized dressed as a woman and learning the brother was gay.
In the latest issue of Out magazine, Irvin said he was 12 when he discovered his older brother Vaughn's secret life. He said his father told him: "Yes, that's your brother. And you love your brother."
The former Dallas Cowboys star has supported same-sex marriage on his radio show in Miami and has said he's waiting for an active player in the NFL, MLB, NBA or NHL to declare publicly that he is gay.
"When a guy steps up and says, 'This is who I am,' I guarantee you I'll give him 100 percent support," Irvin said.