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Mediation underway; four owners attending talks

Posted on: April 14, 2011 9:48 am
Edited on: April 14, 2011 11:49 am
Posted by Andy Benot

Thursday is the start of the court-ordered resumed mediation between the NFL and NFLPA (kickoff time 10:00 a.m. EST). This time the talks are taking place in Minnesota in the chambers of Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan.

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According to league spokesman Greg Aiello, four NFL owners are attending the Thursday session: Robert Kraft of the Patriots, Jerry Richardson of the Panthers, Clark Hunt of the Chiefs and Art Rooney of the Steelers. Also in the room are Roger Goodell, NFL lead negotiator Jeff Pash and, according to NFL Network's Albert Breer, Falcons president Rich McKay.

Judge Susan Nelson, who ordered this mediation, has required that whoever is on hand must have the power of full authority. In other words, the individuals in the room must be able to work out whatever (if any) deal their side is willing to do.


UPDATE 10:19 a.m. EST: Breer reports that two of the plaintiffs in the Brady v NFL case are in the mediation: Mike Vrabel of the Chiefs and Ben Leber of the Vikings.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 4:59 am

Mediation underway; four owners attending talks

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 6:59 am

Mediation underway; four owners attending talks

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Since: Apr 17, 2007
Posted on: April 14, 2011 11:07 am

Mediation underway; four owners attending talks

from 1 steelers fan and football fan to another......i couldnt agree more

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: April 14, 2011 10:36 am

Mediation underway; four owners attending talks

the explanation is easy. the player's association still exists as a trade association, which is a simple technicality within the legal system to allow them to file the suit against the nfl. just like the nfl used the lockout as their tactic, this was the strongest play the nflpa had to offer.

the judge in this case is attempting to use court orders to force the two sides to work out their differences through mediation, so that she doesn't isn't forced into deciding it for them in a long drawn-out ordeal. i believe the judge in this case understand the repercussions to both sides, and to the many thousands of businesses that rely on the nfl season to make money. in other words, she's trying to protect them from themselves.

the court order for mediation means these negotiations cannot be held against either party in any other suit. it doesn't mean they are court-ordered to agree though. expect at least some hardball from both sides in this negotiation. i would venture to guess that this negotiation will continue for some time before they get anywhere. i disagree that the earlier negotiations with cohen in washington were useless. they didn't produce a result, but they weren't useless either.

both sides know there is a deal to be made. it's just all tactical methods to get the best possible deal for their side. the issue is the damage they do to the product in the process.

Since: Dec 6, 2006
Posted on: April 14, 2011 10:34 am

Mediation underway; four owners attending talks

Thats a very good point, they haven't really discussed the players side. Pretty much tiptoed around it and have only been reporting on what the owners are doing. However, the players need representation. Who that will be i'm not sure if the players that were part of the NFLPA hearings will go or if in fact the NFLPA rep, his name i can't think of at the moment will be there. I haven't seen a story at all about who is attending for the players.

Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: April 14, 2011 10:31 am

Mediation underway; four owners attending talks

You are technically correct, at least partially. Since the union decertified, what is happening is not "negotiations" within the meaning of the National Labor Relations Act. Representatives of the plaintiffs in the suit (players) are meeting with representatives of defendants (the owners) in mediation. Mediation is common in Federal court actions. There is an antitrust suit before the court, along with a request for a preliminary injunction. That is technically what is being mediated. Obviously, what is really happening is that if the players and owners can agree to terms for a CBA, the union will recertify and a CBA will be voted on by each side. If the mediation does not result in an agreement, the litigation will go on.--from a labor lawyer

Since: May 29, 2008
Posted on: April 14, 2011 10:23 am

Mediation underway; four owners attending talks

Would someone please explain to me how there is mediation going on right now between the owners and the NFLPA, when the NFLPA decertified.  I thought the union no longer represented the players.  I will keep further opinions to myself until somebody can clarify this for me. as to keep myself from looking the fool and running my mouth before I fully understand the situation.  As of right now, this seems like a huge load of pig $h1t.

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