The NFL and the NFLPA have been meeting for mediated negotiation sessions over the last three days, as ordered by U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan, secretly in Chicago without the aid of lawyers in an attempt to reach a settlement.
Attendess included Roger Goodell, DeMaurice Smith, Jerry Jones, Kevin Mawae, Jerry Richardson, Mike Vrabel, Robert Kraft, Jeff Saturday, John Mara and Art Rooney among others.
It’s a positive sign and a step in the right direction, recently both sides have come under fire for their lack of action in getting a new deal put in place. Progress must have been made as next weeks “scheduled” negotiaton sessions have been cancelled, which was suppoused to take place between June 7th and 8th.
Irony can’t quite describe the timing of these sessions, tomorrow the 8th Circuit Court is expected to give their ruling on the injunction won by the players, and subsequent appeal by the NFL to get it overturned. It’s ruling that will determine the fate of the lockout and whether it sticks moving forward.
At this point it’s unclear just how much progress has been made, but any progress is good progess. and anything that gets football closer to starting on time is surely jsut fine with everyone connected to the sport.
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