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Mediation recesses Tuesday ... until June 7

Posted on: May 17, 2011 2:37 pm
Edited on: May 17, 2011 5:00 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

Mediation between the NFL and NFLPA resumed Tuesday, under the awkward cloud of the NFL's recent win at the Court of Appeals. But it didn't last long. DeMaurice Smith, Roger Goodell and U.S. Judge Magistrate Arthur Boylan left for lunch in the early afternoon (and returned quickly -- take that for what it's worth), and shortly thereafter, at about 2:15 pm EST, mediation adjourned for the day.

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Per Albert Breer of the NFL Network, the two sides were not returning for a Wednesday session. However, don't let that fool you into thinking negotiations are totally dead. 

NFL general counsel Jeff Pash told Breer that the two sides would return for further mediation on June 7, after the June 3 Court of Appeals hearing.

"We owe it our game, we owe it to our fans we owe it to ourselves, the league and players, to sit down and talk," Pash said, per Breer.

Neither side discussed any specifics, though Hall of Famer Carl Eller said he believes this week's session included progress. Eller represents retired players.

As mentioned earlier, much of the remaining available leverage hinges on Judge David Doty's ruling on the TV lockout fund.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed.

Since: May 11, 2011
Posted on: May 18, 2011 11:22 am

Mediation recesses Tuesday ... until June 7

So if they are arguing over BILLIONS of dollars, why don't both sides cut their loses and give a kick back to the fans that have to put up with this crap, and pay for the stadiums the Owner's get to use and Players get to play in, and pay for the ridiculous ticket prices and food prices at some of these games. Than we can get back to the one thing that matters and that's football, you know the game that when we were all kids would play for free and enjoyed every minute of it and now they can't even get by without have 75 million dollar contracts.

Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: May 18, 2011 8:58 am

Mediation recesses Tuesday ... until June 7

Remember the days when players just worried about playing football and winning championships and enjoyed playing the game? Remember when owners just worried about getting the right players so they could become a dynasty and win some rings. Remember when it wasnt about money and both sides where honored to be part of such a glorious game and felt privalaged to be able make a healthy living doing something they loved! yeah, me neither... F U to all that took this wonderful game and made it about money instead of love of the game.

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: May 18, 2011 8:40 am

Mediation recesses Tuesday ... until June 7

So they are arguing over billions of dollars.  Billions.  Crying they don't get enough.  I admitt it.  I will watch when they start playing again.  One thing I won't buy any more apparel.  I won't buy the Sunday Ticket.  I will not go to any more games.  Those companies that say "proud sponsor of the NFL"...done buying.  They are arguing over billions of our dollars.  They don't get or understand they are biting the hand that feeds them.  "we are making progress"?  Then why put off mediation for 3 weeks?  I understand the court date of June 3rd but if they want to get this done shouldn't they be meeting daily to get things hashed out?  3 weeks until the next meeting?  I am pretty sure they know what they want and understand what the other side wants.  But I do know nothing can get done if you don't meet.  THey know we will come back as fans.  They know they don't have to be concerned about us in the least bit.  BUT THEY DO!  We are teh money flow they are talking about.  Sure I will watch but turn off the tv during commercials.  Buy the competitors stuff that is advertised.  I don't know but they could care less about us the fans and that is evident

Since: Jan 29, 2011
Posted on: May 18, 2011 7:55 am

Mediation recesses Tuesday ... until June 7

All I can say is WOW are you freaking kidding me just play and get paid if not the NFL will end up like the NBA forcing cuts to stay a float and the leage owning teams instead of individule owners cuz news flash there arev a lot of teams in recesion hit towns oh and they have no shot at a title or even the playoffs if I was one of the guys on the low side of the payrole which is probaly the majhority I would ban with others cuz we need $$$$$$$$$$$$$$ not like your big contract guys.

Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: May 18, 2011 7:11 am

Mediation recesses Tuesday ... until June 7

76Browns: Your post made my head spin.

As for the owners taking advantage of young men, please! They're GROWN men and they know what they're getting into. Besides, the league minimum is $300k. I'd play 16 games for that kind of money. If that's getting taken advantage of, sign me up!

Since: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: May 18, 2011 2:50 am

Mediation recesses Tuesday ... until June 7

How much of their $$$ worth is from endorsements? Did they earn it through playing and winning Super Bowls? Yes they did. The very best get paid that way because they have high ROI's for their teams. Neither side wins in this pissing contest. Lock'em in a room until a deal is made. Otherwise the NCAA will be the only game in anytown or TV.

Since: Jul 27, 2008
Posted on: May 18, 2011 2:10 am

Mediation recesses Tuesday ... until June 7

Yea Draper your right ... most people don't have what it takes to run a business.  Most people are not willing to screw over other human beings to make freakin money.  Money is'nt everything.  It is destroying the US and the world.  People like you are to're a joke. 

I love football... this labor stuff has gotten out of control.  Billionaires and millionaire argueing over money.  I am more on the owners side because they have nothing to lose.  They can own a team for 50 or 60 yrs most players only play 3 yrs.  The owners want 18 gms but don't want to pay guys health insurance 5 yrs after they retire.  All the really wealthy players you named are QB's.  What about the DL or OG who are getting killed in the trenches they aren't worth $80 mil.  The owners are scumbags that are taking advantage of young men.

Since: Aug 30, 2009
Posted on: May 18, 2011 1:01 am

Mediation recesses Tuesday ... until June 7

Draper, you hit it on the head.  However, I'll give the owners a good 25% of the blame.  They're greedy, too.  They're just more on the side of having earned the right to be greedy.

Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: May 17, 2011 10:47 pm
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Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: May 17, 2011 10:14 pm


the lead plaintiffs (brady, manning, brees) need to do something quick or the greedy billionaire owners will win big.  Can they file another lawsuit for something to delay this?

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