The negotiations between NFL owners and player representatives saw plenty of difficult moments, but there were some lighter scenes as well. Take the conversation last week between Giants owner John Mara and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
Mara said Jones was adamant about getting the players to agree to an 18-game regular season, so the Giants' co-owner made a friendly wager to his NFC East counterpart.
"I never felt like [the 18-game season] was something the players were going to go for, but Jerry Jones was convinced he could sell them on it," Mara said. "He kept asking for his chance to do that. So last week, I told him if he could go in there and sell them on the 18-game season, I’d wear a Cowboys' shirt around Times Square for the next week."
The end result: "Fortunately, he was unsuccessful in getting the 18-game season," Mara said. "He tried pretty hard, though."
As part of the new collective bargaining agreement, which must still be ratified by the players, the 16-game regular season format will remain in place for at least the next two seasons. And the owners cannot unilaterally impose an 18-game season at any point during the 10-year agreement. Only an agreement between the players and owners can lead to an expanded regular season.