Golden Nuggets: NFL Lockout Optimism Hanging Around?

I'm covering for Ninjames today and it looks like things are taking a positive step forward in the labor dispute between the players and the owners. We seem pretty close to agreement on the rookie wage scale. This is important because many people have proclaimed this to be the final major hurdle before a possible deal. It remains to be seen how much longer the two sides will be negotiating, but things should pick back up later today.

Speaking of the labor negotiations, I've picked up some additional responsibilities with SB Nation providing analysis on a variety of legal issues. If you are interested in the legal side of things, check me out on twitter at @sportslawtalk. Thus far I've covered the Roger Clemens trial, the NFL and NBA lockouts, Gilbert Arenas suing the TV show Basketball Wives, and even Sugar Shane Mosley's divorce settlement. Check it out if you're interested in these issues. On to the links....

49ers' Gore Set, Rachal Must Earn Spot (Maiocco)

More Miller: DE-turned-FB Could Be Special Teams Stalwart (Branch)

Rookie Wage Scale: Aldon Smith Focused On Performance, Not Paycheck (Branch)

Players Laud 'Fair' Offer, But No Solution Reached (SFGate.com)

Q&A: Quick Resolution On Clements Contract Favors 49ers (Barrows)

Everything's In Place Except, Well, The Stadium (Press Democrat)

Bob St. Clair Would Like Lifetime Health Insurance For The Retired Players (Press Democrat)

49ers GM Trent Baalke Interview (Kawakami)

49ers Positional Analysis: Linebackers (Scout.com)

Montana Set To Build Hotel Near 49ers Stadium (SI.com)

Source: Sides Agree To 2011 Salary Cap (ESPN.com)

Yesterday on Niners Nation

Golden Nuggets: Lost In Xbox | Ninjames
Post-Lockout Shame: The Education Of NFL Teams | Fooch
49ers Winning The Future With QB Alex Smith: A Statistical Profile? | (Florida) Danny Tuccitto
Questions Facing The 2011 49ers: Continued Progressions From Mike Iupati And Anthony Davis? | nocal81
HBO Real Sports Focuses On Harbaugh Brothers | Fooch
NN NFL Tournament of Badness: Under .500 Teams in the Playoffs and Too many Commercials | Ninjames
2011 NFL Lockout News: Rookie Wage Scale Figured Out? | Fooch

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