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Sunday, February 3, 2008

Today in unfortunate assumptions: Strike could be over soon. Patriots also supposed to win the Super Bowl.

It's been awhile (like, never) since there was any good news to report regarding the writers' strike. Well, practically every major media outlet is reporting that a source close to negotiations says a tentative deal has been reached between the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Pictures and Television Producers.

According to the Associated Press, a meeting is scheduled for Monday to tie up the final details.

The two sides breached the gap last week "on the thorniest issues, those concerning compensation for projects distributed via the Internet," said the person, who requested anonymity because he were not authorized to speak publicly.

A second person familiar with the talks, also speaking on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to comment publicly, said that "significant progress had been made and a deal might be announced within a week."

However, Entertainment Weekly points out that they obtained an e-mail sent to the writers by WGA West President Patric Verrone and WGA East President Michael Winship, urging the membership to "disregard rumors about either the existence of an agreement or its terms."

"We are still in talks and do not yet have a contract," the e-mail said. "When and if a tentative agreement is reached, the first thing we will do is alert our membership."

Verrone also said that picketing will resume Monday.

Way to kill the feel-good vibe, man. Don't be such a Belichick.

(By the way, his pouty post-game interview with Chris Myers made up for the Packers not making it to the Super Bowl. Seriously. Eli freakin' Manning?)

-- Thomas Rozwadowski,



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