With time running short to keep the NFL’s preseason completely intact, owners and player representatives are back in force at a Manhattan law firm, trying again to work out a new labor deal.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith have arrived to start a second straight day of negotiations at a law firm in Manhattan.
Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith will conduct NFL labor talks later this week after letting the lawyers handle the all-important paperwork for two days.
“I have been optimistic the whole time and it sounds like they are trying to work it out, the owners and players are trying to get everything figured out,” the Giants quarterback said Monday. “I do feel we will have a season.”
NFL owners and players met in the Boston area Wednesday in the latest attempt to work out a new collective bargaining agreement, a person with knowledge of the talks told The Associated Press.
Dark clouds no longer dominate the NFL horizon. Rays of sunshine have broken through as owners and players make progress in labor talks. So what could cause rain to fall, washing away the chance of a deal? Plenty.
Don’t break out the tailgate gear just yet. An end to the NFL lockout might not be imminent. It does appears much closer than at any point in the last three months, though.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell expressed frustration Thursday in the lack of negotiations toward a new collective bargaining agreement. “Unfortunately, I don’t think we’re making much progress in negotiations because they really aren’t happening,” he said.
Had enough of the he-said, he-said rancor between the NFL and players? Don’t expect it to go away anytime soon.
Unable to decide how to divvy up $9 billion a year, NFL owners and players put the country’s most popular sport in limbo Friday hours before their contract expired. The union decertified; the league imposed a lockout.
Back on the brink. The NFL and the players’ union headed into the final 24 hours of their twice-extended collective bargaining agreement with little apparent progress on key economic issues.
Negotiators for the NFL and the players’ union begin five days and nights — at least — of talks toward reaching a new collective bargaining agreement on Monday. Failure by the time Friday ends could mean the first pro football work stoppage since 1987.
With five more days and nights – at least – to reach an agreement, the NFL and the players’ union might find money off the top is not the bottom line.
The sides were using this weekend to assess their positions, before resuming talks in front of a federal mediator Monday — and then they will have until the end of Friday to reach a new CBA, thanks to two extensions of the old deal.
The heart of the NFL labor negotiations has owners and players attempting to decide how to split $9 billion in annual NFL revenue. Wow. That’s quite a nice problem to have, don’t you think?