As NFL Bargaining Continues, Analyst Predicts Deal Will Emerge Soon

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Fantasy Football Starters NFL analyst Russ Bliss, in an interview with KTVK-TV News Channel 3, predicts that labor negotiations between NFL owners and players will be a ‘done deal’ within the next two weeks. He’s already touting mock draft software to help prepare fantasy players for the 2011 NFL season.

Fantasy Football Starters announced today that the company’s NFL and fantasy analyst Russ Bliss predicts a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) will be reached by NFL players and owners within the next two weeks, if not sooner. During a 24-hour talks extension on Friday, representatives for the players and owners announced a second, one-week extension for negotiations had been agreed to, effectively making the new deadline March 11.

“A one week extension is a very positive sign,” said Bliss, who correctly predicted the second extension in the March 3 entry of his fantasy football blog. “It means National Football League owners and NFL Players Association reps have a realistic shot at reaching a compromise on the CBA within a specific timeframe.”

Bliss said he would not be surprised if the two sides agree on yet another extension to finalize a formal agreement, as the consecutive current extensions show that progress is being made. Bliss, who has had his own fantasy football radio show on The Fan AM-1060 in Phoenix, AZ for the past 14 years, has called for patience and optimism since the beginning of the CBA process. He will be interviewed by News Channel 3 (KTVK-TV) in Phoenix at 7 a.m. on March 5. Bliss and Fantasy Football Starters CEO Jeff Coruccini are regulars on News Channel 3 every Sunday morning during the NFL regular season.

Bliss and Fantasy Football Starters are so confident a deal will get done, they have already released the 2011 version of the website’s popular mock draft software. The tool allows fans to practice their mock draft skills against other players and/or computerized “experts” anytime through public and private fantasy football drafts.

“I'm not just a fantasy football analyst, I'm an NFL analyst,” says Bliss. “I've spent the majority of my adult life providing NFL predictions. Back in 2006 there was a lot of “gloom and doom” about the NFL labor negotiations. Just like now in 2011, there was a lot of negativity then in the media leading up to the deadline… but extensions were agreed upon then and a deal eventually got done. I truly believe we’ll see the same result this year.”

The Fantasy Football Starters website -- – is designed to deliver the best fantasy football cheat sheets and enhanced statistical data for accurate fantasy football projections. Recently, the software was recognized by the Fantasy Sports Trade Association as the #1 computer-driven predictions tool in the industry in 2010.

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