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.
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.
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.
Lawyers for the two sides in the NFL’s labor dispute are meeting separately Monday before getting together later in the day.
A rookie wage scale and free agency for veterans appear to be the biggest stumbling blocks to ending the NFL lockout.
The federal magistrate judge who is mediating the labor dispute between NFL owners and players has scheduled another session for July 19 in Minneapolis.
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.
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.
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.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and a number of NFL owners were reportedly present at meetings Monday with players in Minneapolis.
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.
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.
The NFL has won another round in the court fight with its 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.
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.
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.