Documentary: A Personal Portrait of the NFL Lockout
From the periphery it seems the pace towards labor peace is picking up, as multiple reports indicate another meeting is taking place between the negotiating teams of the owners and the players.
ESPN's Chris Mortensen tweeted Tuesday morning that labor talks were taking place in the Washington, D.C., area today, and that both sides are in a "deal-making mode." Shortly thereafter, NFL Network's Albert Breer added meetings were happening somewhere along Maryland's Eastern shore.
In addition to this third set of talks this month, NFL owners are scheduled to meet next Tuesday in suburban Chicago, with ESPN's Adam Schefter noting that a memo went out last night advising owners in advance to be prepared to stay overnight in the Windy City. Many believe the framework of a new collective bargaining agreement may be voted on around this period, but not necessarily approved.
A Personal Portrait during the NFL Lockout:
Ninety one days into the lockout it's clear the effort continues to end this labor dispute. With the calendar closing on the traditional scheduling of training camp and the NFL season, the risk of losing significant money is around the corner.
In the meantime, there are many NFL families being affected by this impasse on a day-to-day basis. Rest assured that life hasn't stopped nor been put on hold as those who depend on an NFL check wait on the principal parties to come to terms.
With that in mind, I decided to capture a portrait of the lockout that personally shows how this labor dispute has altered the lives of two NFL players during this waiting period.
Broncos tight end Dan Gronkowski and punter Britton Colquitt opened the doors of their respective homes and the windows into their intimate thoughts to give the public a picture of how their daily routines have changed as a result. From readjusting to more time at home fearing about their futures, to taking charge financially of their own training schedules, to their significant others picking up second jobs for extra income, Gronkowski and Colquitt are helping us translate the reporting of the NFL lockout into real life in the video above.