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Mediated NFL Labor Negotiations ‘Going Well’

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A six-hour federally mediated negotiation sounds about as much fun as watching paint dry.

But at least for the fans sake, the negotiations are progressing in a positive way.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch says federally mediated negotiations between the NFL and the players’ union are “going well.”

He adds Monday: “We’ll see how things progress over the coming days.”

Batch is a member of the NFL Players Association executive committee. He has been present at the four consecutive days of labor talks in front of a mediator.

Batch and two other current players – Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita and New York Jets fullback Tony Richardson – left Monday at 5 p.m., about six hours after the session began.

The league and union agreed to try mediation after months of infrequent – and sometimes contentious – bargaining. The current labor deal expires at the end of the day March 3.

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