Sworn to secrecy about specifics of their court-ordered mediation, neither the NFL nor its players provided much insight about where they’re at in their dispute over the division of this $9 billion business.
NFL players and owners haven taken their fight to the courtroom. The court appearance is the first round between the NFL and its locked-out players in their legal fight over the future of the $9 billion business — including the 2011 season.
The NFL’s locked-out players wrote back to Commissioner Roger Goodell on Saturday, responding to his letter to them by saying: “Your statements are false.”
Union executive committee member Brian Dawkins says he believes NFL owners and players have a sense of urgency to avoid a lockout because they don’t want to alienate fans. The veteran Denver Broncos safety said Tuesday “we understand who butters our bread.”