Arthur Boylan

Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith

AP: NFL Deal Could Be Reached In Next 24 Hours

Significant progress on a major sticking point in the NFL labor impasse during marathon talks Thursday raised hopes that a tentative agreement in principle could perhaps come within 24 hours, according to two people familiar with the negotiations.

CBS Chicago–07/15/2011

Drew Brees

Players Say ‘It Is Time’ To Reach NFL Deal

Calling the players’ offer “fair for both sides,” quarterbacks Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees – plaintiffs in the antitrust suit against the NFL – said Wednesday “it is time” to wrap up negotiations on a deal to end the league’s lockout.


Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

Lawyers Meeting Today; Owner And Player Reps To Meet Wednesday

Lawyers representing the NFL and the players’ association are meeting in New York once again to clarify the language in a potential collective bargaining agreement.

CBS Chicago–07/12/2011

Roger Goodell

Lawyers For NFL And Players Set To Meet On Monday

Lawyers for the two sides in the NFL’s labor dispute are meeting separately Monday before getting together later in the day.

CBS Chicago–07/11/2011

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

NFL Stumbling Blocks: Free Agency, Rookie Wages

A rookie wage scale and free agency for veterans appear to be the biggest stumbling blocks to ending the NFL lockout.

CBS Chicago–07/10/2011

Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

Mediator Sets NFL Meeting On July 19

The federal magistrate judge who is mediating the labor dispute between NFL owners and players has scheduled another session for July 19 in Minneapolis.

CBS Chicago–07/09/2011

Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith

UPDATED: NFL And Players Meet For 12 Hours; Still No Deal

NFL owners and players’ association leaders met for more than 12 hours Thursday, failing to reach a deal to end the league’s months-long lockout but returning to try again in the morning.

CBS Chicago–07/08/2011

Arthur J. Boylan

NFL Mediator Enjoys A Challenge In Court, On Ice

U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur J. Boylan was introduced to curling a few years ago, and can be found at one of two curling clubs in St. Paul three nights a week.

CBS Chicago–07/03/2011

Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

Goodell And Smith Meet For Over 15 Hours, Negotiations To Continue Friday

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith ended a 15-hour bargaining session early Friday, barely breaking for a quick nap before resuming in the morning.

CBS Chicago–07/01/2011

Roger Goodell and other NFL owners. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Players, Owners Both Present At Monday’s Meetings

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and a number of NFL owners were reportedly present at meetings Monday with players in Minneapolis.

CBS Chicago–06/28/2011

NFL representatives arrive for court ordered mediation

Another Day Of Mediation, Still No Signs Of Agreement

Tuesday was another day full of court-ordered mediation between the NFL and its locked-out players. And just like the previous days, it ended without any signs of a new agreement.

CBS Chicago–05/17/2011

Roger Goodell

Mediation Continues With Lockout Back In Place

A day after the NFL Lockout was upheld by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the league’s owner players and the legal teams returned to court for another mediation session.


Roger Goodell and Jerry Jones

Court Sides With League, NFL Lockout Upheld

The NFL has won another round in the court fight with its players.

CBS Chicago–05/16/2011

Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith

Mediation To Resume Between NFL And Players

For NFL owners and the players they’ve locked out in this dispute over the division and future of the ever-popular $9 billion business, it’s time to talk again.

CBS Chicago–05/16/2011

DeMaurice Smith

NFL, Players Continue Mediation, Judge’s Ruling Could Come Soon

The NFL and the players union expected a ruling from a federal judge on a request to immediately halt the current lockout, now in its second month. The two sides continued their court-ordered mediation Tuesday.

CBS Chicago–04/19/2011

Members of the NFL Players Association

Attorneys For NFL Players Meet With New Mediator

On Tuesday, the the attorneys for the NFL players met with the federal magistrate who will oversee court-ordered mediation between the players and the NFL.