Blair Jones knows that even though the lockout talks seem to be going well right now, that doesn't necessarily mean that a new CBA is imminent.
"I've had my hopes up a few times, so I'm just waiting to see what the final result will be this time around," Jones said. "It's hard to judge from outside the negotiating room. I hear what everyone says, but I try not to get too high or too low. There's still work to be done. When and if it happens, I'll be ready. For now, though, I'm not going to rush to any conclusions. It's, 'Give me the news when it's ready to go.'" The two sides had a marathon negotiating session on Wednesday. If they can agree to a new CBA in the near future then the season could start in late December or early January.