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NFL Players Association President Kevin Mawae, center, arrives at the NFL Players Association offices in Washington, Tuesday, July 19, 2011, as talks to end the NFL football lockout continue. (credit: AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

NFL Lockout: NFLPA’s Kevin Mawae ‘Not Tied’ To Thursday Deadline

Cautioning not to assume the lockout will be over by the weekend, NFL Players Association president Kevin Mawae said his group is “not tied” to a deadline for getting a deal done in the next 24 hours.

WFAN–07/20/2011

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (credit: Hannah Foslien /Getty Images)

NFL Lockout: Signs Point To Labor Deal; Retired Players Join Talks In NYC

The NFL wants team executives ready to be schooled in the ins and outs of a new labor contract as early as Thursday. Players are gathering so they’re ready to vote on an agreement in principle. Yes, signs are strong that football’s four-month lockout might almost be over.

WFAN–07/19/2011

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (credit: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

NFL Club Execs To Be Briefed If Deal OK’d

Two people familiar with talks to end the NFL lockout tell The AP that if an agreement is ratified by Thursday, team executives will be briefed starting that day on how the deal’s terms affect league business.

WFAN–07/18/2011

DeMaurice Smith (credit: AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

NFL Lockout: Owners, Players Close To Deal; More Talks In NYC

It seems an agreement that would end the NFL lockout is getting close. Lawyers for the NFL Players Association and the league are meeting at a Manhattan law firm to try to work out an agreement to end the four-month lockout.

WFAN–07/18/2011

DeMaurice Smith (credit: Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Lawsuit, NFLPA’s Status Unresolved In Labor Negotiations

People familiar with negotiations to end the NFL’s four-month-long lockout tell The Associated Press there are still issues that need to be resolved.

WFAN–07/16/2011

NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith, left, enters a Manhattan law office, Friday, July 8, 2011, in New York. (credit: AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)

NFL Lockout: ‘Economics’ Of Deal Between Players, Owners Reportedly Done

Football fans, there’s reason to be optimistic. The end to the NFL’s four-month-long lockout could be near. According to the NFL Network’s Albert Breer, the “economics” are done for a deal between the league and its players, “outside of some ancillary details.”

WFAN–07/15/2011

Former Jets center and NFL Players Association President Kevin Mawae, right, enters a Manhattan law office, Friday, July 8, 2011, in New York. (credit: AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)

NFL Lockout: Large Player, Owner Contingents In NYC As Talks Drag On

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.

WFAN–07/14/2011

Tom Brady (credit: AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Brady, Manning, Brees: It’s Time To End NFL Lockout, Players’ Offer ‘Fair For Both Sides’

Calling the players’ offer “fair for both sides,” star quarterbacks Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees — plaintiffs in an antitrust suit against the NFL which also includes the Giants’ Osi Umenyiora — said Wednesday “it is time” to wrap up negotiations on a deal to end the league’s lockout.

WFAN–07/13/2011

Roger Goodell (credit: AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

NFL Lockout: What’s Next If No Deal? Preseason Disruption, For Starters

Think back four months to that disappointing day in March when the NFL lockout began. The general opinion was the owners and players would reach a new labor agreement long before training camps opened. Oops.

WFAN–07/13/2011

NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith, left, enters a Manhattan law office, Friday, July 8, 2011, in New York. (credit: AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)

NFL Lockout: Lawyers For Owners, Players Meeting Again In NYC

Though various reports on Monday claimed the NFL lockout could end in late July, the league remains in labor limbo, with only the lawyers for both sides meeting.

WFAN–07/12/2011

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (credit: Hannah Foslien /Getty Images)

NFL Lockout: Lawyers For Players, Owners To Meet Monday

Lawyers for the two sides in the NFL’s labor dispute are meeting separately Monday before getting together later in the day. Owners and players are set to talk again beginning Tuesday, after two days of long negotiations last week.

WFAN–07/11/2011

DeMaurice Smith, who was head of the NFL Players Association before it dissolved, talks to reporters outside the federal courthouse after a hearing Wednesday, April 6, 2011, in St. Paul, Minn. At right is players attorney Jim Quinn. (credit: AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Free Agency, Rookie Wages Are The NFL Labor Stumbling Blocks

A rookie wage scale and free agency for veterans appear to be the biggest stumbling blocks to ending the NFL lockout.

WFAN–07/10/2011

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, left, and National Football League Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith, right, speak to the media outside of the Ritz-Carlton hotel after addressing players during the NFLPA rookie symposium on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 in Sarasota, Fla. (credit: AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

Federal Mediator Sets NFL Meeting For 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.

07/09/2011

NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith, left, enters a Manhattan law office, Friday, July 8, 2011, in New York. (credit: AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)

Appeals Court Backs NFL Lockout, Tosses Judge’s Ruling

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday threw out a judge’s order lifting the NFL lockout, possibly giving the league leverage in talks aimed at reaching a new labor deal.

WFAN–07/08/2011

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, left,  and National Football League Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith speak to reporters outside the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Sarasota, Fla., after speaking at the NFLPA's rookie symposium, Wednesday, June 29, 2011. (credit: AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

NFL Lockout: Sides Resume Talks After 12-Hour Session In NYC

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.

WFAN–07/08/2011

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