NFL Players Association
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.
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.
The federal judge handling the lawsuit against the NFL ordered the sides to participate in court-supervised mediation, while still considering whether to grant a preliminary injunction to lift the lockout.
NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith sees new signs that owners are preparing for a football-free 2011.
The president of the AFL-CIO is offering to mediate the NFL’s labor negotiations. The league has a very basic problem with that.