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NFL, NFLPA agree to mediation Friday (UPDATED)

Posted on: February 17, 2011 3:43 pm
Edited on: February 17, 2011 7:18 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

A new possibility for solving the current labor dispute cropped up Thursday: mediation.

According to a release from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, the NFL and NFLPA agreed to meet Friday in Washington, D.C. in a session mediated by FMCS director George H. Cohen.

"I have had separate, informal discussions with the key representatives of the National Football League and the National Football League Players Association during the course of their negotiations for a successor collective bargaining agreement," Cohen said in a written statement. "At the invitation of the FMCS, and with the agreement of both parties, the ongoing negotiations will now be conducted under my auspices in Washington, D.C., commencing Friday, February 18.

"Due to the extreme sensitivity of these negotiations and consistent with the FMCS's long-standing practice, the Agency will refrain from any public comment concerning the future schedule and/or the status of those negotiations until further notice."

Going to mediation doesn't mean the two sides will get a deal done by the March 3 lockout deadline, but it's a positive step -- mediation will allow the two sides to establish actual baselines for their negotiations and reasonable expectations moving forward, all while -- hopefully -- keeping emotions out of play.

It's important to remember, though, that mediation isn't like being in a court of law. There's no binding decision from a mediator that will actually solve the CBA. Instead, the mediator works to bring the two sides involved into some harmony with respect to their differences.

"The NFLPA has always focused on a fair collective bargaining agreement through negotiations. We hope that this renewed effort, through mediation, will help the players and owners reach a successful deal," the NFLPA said in a statement Thursday.

UPDATED (7:09 p.m.): Here's some reaction from the NFLPA and the NFL on this story, as collected by the Associated Press.

"Any time that both sides of negotiations can get together, whether through conventional means of bargaining or mediation, to come to an agreement that can benefit all parties, it is a good thing," NFLPA president Kevin Mawae said.

Wrote Vikings T Bryant McKinne on his Twitter page, "NFL and NFLPA agreeing to meet with a federal mediator is a real positive step. Let's see if he can get them to make actual progress."

And while Colts owner Jim Irsay still isn't convinced the impasse can be broken by March 3, he realizes today's news is a (somewhat) positive development.

"I don't have a strong anticipation something will get done before (March 3), but I think it's possible," he said.

Perhaps it's an even bigger possibility tonight after reading the report that the union and the owners will begin seven consecutive days of barganing beginning Friday.

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NFL, NFLPA agree to mediation Friday (UPDATED)

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NFL, NFLPA agree to mediation Friday (UPDATED)

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Since: Jan 5, 2011
Posted on: February 22, 2011 10:16 am
 

NFL, NFLPA agree to mediation Friday (UPDATED)

These NFLPA mouth pieces are a class photo of Karl Marx University.  This leader of the Union is a card carring Leftest, he will not agree to anything, he wants a work stopage just to punish THE MAN.



Since: Nov 28, 2010
Posted on: February 17, 2011 10:54 pm
 

NFL, NFLPA agree to mediation Friday (UPDATED)

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Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2011 9:15 pm
 

NFL, NFLPA agree to mediation Friday (UPDATED)

I said Butchers, not meat cutters you dumbazz, a meat cutter makes about 24k a year. A meat cutter you find in your grocery stores and deals with boxed meats that BUTCHERS have butchered out for them. A true butcher you will not find in your grocery store. I pay 100 dollars a head for the slaughter of the animals, the average butcher can slaughter 8 head a day. Slaughter means killing the animal, skinning the animal, and halving the animal into usable halves. Each butcher has apprentices below him that start at 17.35 an hr. The apprentice also works in the second faze which is the breaking down of the carcass into sections of meat the meat cutter at the store level can handle.  The butchers when working in the cutting rooms make 32.70 an hr. but they make the better pay in the slaughtering, but sometimes you slaughter 2 days a week and sometimes 3 days a week. The average pay per week for the butchers is close to 3000 a week. 



Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2011 8:58 pm
 

NFL, NFLPA agree to mediation Friday (UPDATED)

Joe The players allready get close to 5 billion of that 9 billion dollars. The costs of the NFL doing business as a whole costs allmost 2 billion a year, that leaves 3 billion divided between the teams. The ammount the teams recieve from thoe total NFL revenue does not even pay the salary cap numbers. They are short by allmost 30 million. Every team either pays rent or makes payments on thier stadiums. The tax money used to build those stadiums is never a gift, the teams pay that money back. The NFL funds the majority of every new NFL stadium anyway in the way of loans to be paid back by the team. There are some teams that do fine, but just a few, some do ok, but every year you have teams that do not make it to profitability. These owners are banking on the value of the team going up every year in order to make any money off thier investment, they do not make any real money from profits off the teams. The teams on the other hand have to at least break even to gain much in value, teams like the Tampa Bay Bucs have lost money for the last 9 years and thier value has declined rather than increased so the owners are losing money on thier investment. This is going to come further into play as the old owners die off and new owners come in. 

For instance, The Pittsburg Steelers, when Art Rooney died in 1988 the Steelers stayed in the family but under a new ownership, the value of the team was divided between all the family and then Dan Rooney became the owner of the team and had to start gaining that value based on what he recieved. The team since then has become more valued but the profits are very limited. Dan Rooney's personal wealth never really increased since he owned the team, the team increased in value.

The Dallas Cowboys are owned by Jerry Jones, he was not a truely wealthy man when he bought the team and even now when you take away the value of the Dallas Cowboys Jones is worth less than he was before he bought the team. The team is his wealth now. Jones was valued at over 700 million before he bought the Cowboys, the Cowboys now account for 1.6 billion dollars of Jones total worth of 2 billion, that basically says untill Jones sells the Cowboys he has lost 300 million dollars.   



Since: Nov 28, 2010
Posted on: February 17, 2011 8:45 pm
 

NFL, NFLPA agree to mediation Friday (UPDATED)

MAYBE THE PLAYERS SHOULD JUST GET YOU TO OWN A TEAM AND THEY WOULD GET 90% OF YOUR PROFITS BECAUSE AN AVG BUTCHER SALARY IS 24K - 64K A YEAR WITH 2-9 YEARS EXP SO IM SURE WHEN ALBERT HAYNESWORTH LEARNS HOW TO KILL A COW HE WILL BE @ YOUR DOOR WAITING FOR HIS NEW JOBBY...........IM OUT




Since: Nov 28, 2010
Posted on: February 17, 2011 8:35 pm
 

NFL, NFLPA agree to mediation Friday (UPDATED)

LMAO.......I THINK IM GONNA FIND A GROUND BEEF BOARD AND START BITCHING ABOUT HOW MUCH MEAT COSTS.......AND BLAME THE BUTCHERS



Since: Nov 28, 2010
Posted on: February 17, 2011 8:34 pm
 

NFL, NFLPA agree to mediation Friday (UPDATED)

CAN YOU READ @ ALL...........WTF..........JUST GO RUN YOUR BUSINESS INTO THE GROUND AND ILL WORRY ABOUT MY SALARY.......AND YOU MUST NOT REALIZE THAT IM TAKING UP FOR PLAYERS THAT MAKE MILLIONS SO IF YOUR BUTCHERS MAKE 130K A YEAR THEN GOOD FOR THEM.........I BET IF THEY ALL ELECTED TO QUIT ON YOUR ASS TOMORROW THEY WOULD MAKE 160K A YEAR



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