NFL Stumbling Blocks: Free Agency, Rookie WagesA rookie wage scale and free agency for veterans appear to be the biggest stumbling blocks to ending the NFL lockout.
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.
UPDATED: NFL And Players Meet For 12 Hours; Still No DealNFL 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.
NFL Mediator Enjoys A Challenge In Court, On IceU.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.
Goodell And Smith Meet For Over 15 Hours, Negotiations To Continue FridayNFL 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.
Players, Owners Both Present At Monday's MeetingsNFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and a number of NFL owners were reportedly present at meetings Monday with players in Minneapolis.
Another Day Of Mediation, Still No Signs Of AgreementTuesday 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.
Mediation Continues With Lockout Back In PlaceA 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.

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