The state of CBA negotiations

Updated: September 6, 2012, 4:02 PM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

There was never any chance that a new collective bargaining agreement was going to materialize over the summer.

Nada. Zero.

No one should be surprised at where things stand -- talks at a standstill, with the expiry of the CBA looming next week and the subsequent lockout. That was always going to be the way this played out. Neither side was going to show its true hand until it was really on the clock.

At least the summer negotiating sessions weren't a total waste. That ...

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