New Orleans Saints: Mediation, Lockout Payments And Latest Draft News

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As the NFL and it’s players await a decision from Judge Susan Nelson, on her ruling on the players proposed injunction to block the lockout, they have been forced back to the negotiating table under the supervision of  Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan.

In attendance are of course commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFLPA’s executive director De Smith. Several teams owners are on hand as well including Art Rooney from the Steelers and Robert Kraft of the Patriots.

Discussions are ongoing on the topic of how to fairly split the NFL’s nine billion dollar revenue pie between players and teams, and imposing a  rookie wage scale among others things.

The two sides has not sat down for the sake of mediation since March 11th when the original talks collapsed and the NFLPA filed for de-certification from the league. Maybe under court supervision the two sides can make more progress towards a new deal.

Nelson is still expected to issue her ruling some time in the next week. Originally the two sides met in the court room on April 7th, at which time she seemed to favor the players although declaring it would take two weeks before a decision would be reached.

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