Judge Arthur Boylan
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Many football fans had hoped that the NFL lockout would end before July 4. It appears that’s not in the cards.
Joined by a handful of owners and players, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith resumed talks Thursday aimed at ending the lockout with a new collective bargaining agreement.
Whether they are meeting in secret locations or in the middle of Times Square at rush hour, talks between NFL owners and players are a good sign.
NFL owners and players have met for a second straight day in New York, with Judge Arthur Boylan joining Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith.
NFL owners and players and their legal counsel have returned to court for another round of mediation. Commissioner Roger Goodell arrived Tuesday morning with other league leaders, and other owners entered the courthouse in separate small groups.
For NFL owners and the players they’ve locked out in this dispute over the division and future of the ever-popular $9 billion business, it’s time to talk again.
The NFL and its players opened a fourth day of court-ordered talks Wednesday as the lockout reached its 40th day with few signs of progress so far.
It’s been a month since the NFL lockout began and there haven’t been any talks between the league and its players. That will change this week.