Posted by Will Brinson
The first full day of mediation between the NFL and the NFLPA has ended, and true to their earlier claim, there wasn't any talking about what went on with behind close doors.
Via Albert Breer of the NFL Network -- who, bless him, loitered his tail off in the nation's capitol waiting for the two sides to end Friday's session -- neither side had much to say following the session on Friday. To wit:
Pete Kendall of the NFLPA: "We're not gonna get into it."
Charlie Batch, NFLPA rep: "Can't say anything."
Richard Berthlesen of the NFLPA: "Can't comment on it."
DeMaurice Smith also "declined comment on his way out" while Roger Goodell and the NFL officials "slipped out the back door."
So, yeah, mum's the word after the first day of mediation, and that's probably a good thing. Eventually, some info will probably slip out vis-a-vis anonymous sources (though with both sides ordered not to say anything, there's a lot less likely to be a chance of "leaked" info), but it's probably safe to say that Friday wasn't precisely full of heavy negotiating.
Everyone involved in the mediation knows there's a long way to go before anything gets remotely solved, but the simple fact that no one's enraged by any early face-to-face action and/or proposals through one day of this process is at least a positive sign.
That won't solve the CBA crisis right away, but it's at least reason for some cautious optimism.
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