National Football League
If NFL owners aren’t careful, they might just force us to sympathize with guys who make more in a year than most will take home in a lifetime. Chad Ochocinco could come off looking like some sort of modern-day Cesar Chavez.
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.
Use a 24-hour extension to get a longer reprieve. That appeared to be the approach for the NFL and the players’ union Friday as the parties agreed to extend the deadline for a new labor agreement until March 11.
The NFL is so popular that five million tuned in for at least a few moments last week to watch young men in spandex lift weights at the league’s annual scouting combine. But what if there’s nothing to watch next season? What will you do?
A reprieve, even for one day, provided a touch of optimism in the NFL’s labor dispute with the players’ union. Nobody, though, should get comfortable.
A member of the players’ negotiating team says the union and the NFL have agreed to a 24-hour extension in labor talks.
With the clock ticking down to the midnight expiration of the league’s collective bargaining agreement, Roger Goodell and the NFL’s negotiating team arrived at a federal mediator’s headquarters about 45 minutes ahead of the NFLPA.
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?
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and all 10 members of the owners’ labor committee have left a mediation session with the players’ union after about four hours of talks.
With less than 48 hours left until the NFL’s labor deal expires, there are far more questions than answers floating around. Will the owners lock out the players? Will the 2011 NFL season be jeopardized?
The NFL and the players’ union have made “some progress” over seven consecutive days of face-to-face meetings, “but very strong differences remain,” and negotiations will resume next week, mediator George Cohen said Thursday.
When the NFL and the players’ union agreed to federal mediation, they knew it was voluntary. In theory, either side could walk away at any time. Instead, they keep coming back to the table.
The NFL and players’ union have agreed to mediation in their labor negotiations. The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service will oversee negotiations in Washington beginning Friday.
In Monday’s filing with the National Labor Relations Board, the league is asking that the union be ordered to bargain in good faith.
To paraphrase Bill Clinton in 1994 while discussing baseball’s labor angst, I don’t get why y’all can’t just figure out how to share a few billion dollars.
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