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NFL, NFLPA will continue mediation Friday

Posted on: April 14, 2011 7:45 pm
Edited on: April 14, 2011 9:23 pm
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

After nearly 10 hours of negotiations today, the mediation session between the NFL and the NFLPA in the presence of U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan has ended. And, as we suspected, not many people are saying much of anything.

Although NFL lead negotiator Jeff Pash said the two sides would return to the courthouse in Minneapolis on Friday, commissioner Roger Goodell said, “We pledged confidentiality.”

As's Albert Breer wrote earlier this evening, “I've been told talks upstairs have been ‘tough’ and there's lots of ‘fence-mending’ to be done.”

Still, it sounds like something productive occured.

"We had a full day. It was constructive to get together," said Pash, who was joined by Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, Chiefs owner Clark Hunt, Steelers owner Art Rooney and Patriots owner Robert Kraft. "The chief magistrate judge is working very hard, and I give him a lot of credit for really trying to move the parties toward a solution."

OK, that sounds fine. But how long will this mediation attempt last? Until (fingers crossed!) there’s a resolution?

 "The court has indicated it wants to continue with everyone talking as long as it makes sense," said Michael Hausfeld, one of the attorneys for the players.

Hmm, that doesn’t really tell us much, does it?

Actually, the fact that NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith (who was joined by Vikings LB Ben Leber, Chiefs LB Mike Vrabel and Hall of Fame DE Carl Eller) and Goodell – who had to step away from part of the bargaining session to join in on a conference call scheduled with 5,300 Browns fans – attended the mediation is a pretty good sign.

"I can tell you that it's a positive step when the parties are talking," Goodell told the Browns fans. "We saw the March 11 proposal as responsive to issues raised by the players and there are many attractive elements in it. ... Our entire focus is on getting a deal done."

Though these sessions were mandated by Judge Susan Nelson – who will eventually rule on the Brady v NFL case – it’s obviously positive that the two sides, once again, are meeting. And hope for an agreement of any sort between the two sides continues.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 4:52 pm

NFL, NFLPA will continue mediation Friday

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: April 15, 2011 11:59 am

NFL, NFLPA will continue mediation Friday

LakerDukeYanks,  That was a good post and I hope you are not right about the ticket price doubling.

After seeing your screen name I had to check out your favorite teams.  REALLY???  Seriously the Patriots, Lakers and Yankees ???  Boston, Los Angeles and New York fans are arch rivals like a Mongoose and a Cobra.  Maybe your screen name should be CaptnBandwagon.

the owners know how much money they r going to lose!!!!way more than the players

The owners are probably not thinking about one paycheck or one season of profits.  The owners are probably looking many years ahead.  Rich people get rich by looking at the bigger picture or long term.

Also like LSUSMC stated the owners probably have a much bigger cushion to make it through this lockout. I would guess that some good deals will be made available for large stadium type events like concerts, Monster Truck rallies, etc. that will help offset some of the loss from no NFL games,

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: April 15, 2011 9:57 am

NFL, NFLPA will continue mediation Friday

Way I look  at it is players play and owners run the team/business, just like everywhere else. When you have too many people running the show, it is a FLOP. Players have no need to be able to have decison making power as to what the team does, THERE IS NO I IN TEAM!! This all boils down to money and power. Players get millions to play a game, hell let them play for the love of the game, oh wait, that doesn't exist anymore!! Do I think they shouldget medical help after playing days are over, hell yes. What I don't get is, with all the millions they  make today, why aren't they investing for retirement like everyone else??? Poor money management is  NOT something the NFL should have to help with!! 

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: April 15, 2011 9:43 am

NFL, NFLPA will continue mediation Friday

"the owners know how much money they r going to lose!!!!way more than the players!!!"

The difference here is that the owners actually have money they can afford to lose, at least in the short term.  The players, on the other hand, are already taking out pay-day loans. 

Since: Jan 17, 2009
Posted on: April 14, 2011 11:32 pm

NFL, NFLPA will continue mediation Friday

the owners know how much money they r going to lose!!!!way more than the players!!!

Since: Apr 14, 2011
Posted on: April 14, 2011 10:09 pm

NFL, NFLPA will continue mediation Friday

The mediation bullcrap is a waiting game.  Come July when Training Camps open, these two antagonists will become BFF.  Right now it's the usual You lie! No, you lie! exchange.  The fans will be on their knees praying for football.  The BFF will say they struck a deal, scream foul and double ticket prices because the fans will be afraid to live without football.  We take it because the NFL knows that like unrequited love, we will always be there even though they jerk us around like a shark eating tuna.

Since: Mar 6, 2011
Posted on: April 14, 2011 9:46 pm

NFL, NFLPA will continue mediation Friday

Actually it tells us a great deal. The mediator (INMHO) is likely under orders to report back to the judge as to whether both sides are negotiating in good faith or are they killing time until her ruling? I have no doubt that the judge will stay her ruling, which would no doubt  be appealed by whomever she rules against, as long as both sides are actively working with the mediator towards a solution.

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