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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: Mar 25, 2008
Posted on: May 17, 2011 6:19 pm

Mediation recesses Tuesday ... until June 7

Hey he is only getting paid a dollar.  How many days would you work for a dollar?  Totally agree with that comment.  Lock them in a room and have them hug it out.  Get it done guys and hurry.

Since: May 16, 2011
Posted on: May 17, 2011 5:40 pm

Mediation recesses Tuesday ... until June 7

Guess we'll see what happens next.

Since: Dec 23, 2007
Posted on: May 17, 2011 4:51 pm

Mediation recesses Tuesday ... until June 7

Looks like the first football game will occur at best in August of 2012... So we'll save on not having to dish out money this year....Go Judge.. Keep the players on strike....or what ever we can call it..

Since: Mar 7, 2011
Posted on: May 17, 2011 4:30 pm

Mediation recesses Tuesday ... until June 7

Here is how it will end.  Players lose big time.  The owners can keep this in courts forever - they have both time and money on their side.  Who will hurt the most?  All vets looking to cash in on one more payday.  Forget it now - you blew it big time!  All other players in contract years – you made a huge mistake going along with the NFLPA.  Rookies will see the fallout in two years.  When this lockout is over some time next year, the rookies that still have not been signed from this year (all of them)  will be looking at a shockingly low ball offer!  That's right.  You have not played in a year.  Your draft position does not matter any more.  Oh, and you will have to be re-evaluated!  A lot of you will probably get cut.   The rookies coming out then will get far better offers as they did not miss any football.  Look at all the players who missed a year after college before playing in the NFL....keep looking.  Big mistake.  

Biggest Loser?  NFLPA!  For years to come players will point and blame you for screwing up their careers.  That’s right.  You will never be forgiven.  You failed to take what you could get and through big egos destroyed hundreds of careers. 

So who gains?  The owners and those players who stayed in college for a year will win.   


Since: May 9, 2011
Posted on: May 17, 2011 4:24 pm

Mediation recesses Tuesday ... until June 7

I want to be a labor negotiator, you only work 2 days a month.   2days in April..see you May 16th, 2 days in May...see you June 7th..GREAT JOB (almost as good as a Congressmen for taking more time for less work).

Since: Apr 22, 2011
Posted on: May 17, 2011 4:17 pm

Mediation recesses Tuesday ... until June 7

Very insiteful and in my opion accurate. Both sides are pathetic and underving of the expediture af any of my hard earned money

Since: May 17, 2011
Posted on: May 17, 2011 4:16 pm

Mediation recesses Tuesday ... until June 7

I wish all sports fans could some how get together and boycott the 1st football game to really show the NFL  AND THE PLAYERS WHO REALLY IS IN CHARGE !!!!!!!!!!! That would be a great message to those people.

Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: May 17, 2011 4:08 pm

Mediation recesses Tuesday ... until June 7

Why are they waiting until June 7th to talk?
Before it was because the owners didn't want to negotiate while players had leverage.  Now it's because the players don't want to negotiate while the owners have the leverage.  They're holding out until after the June 3 hearing (and probably the subsequent final decision of the courts).  After that, even the underdog side will have to negotiate, because the leverage won't change again past that point.

Basically, the owners are content to move forward now.  The players are left hoping for a miracle on June 3rd.  Truth be told, they'd be better off negotiating now and not waiting until the last of their leverage vanishes with that final decision... but I get the feeling that DeMaurice Smith is way too stubborn to admit defeat until the last nail is in the coffin... which probably means they'll get a worse deal later than they could have if they talked now, but so it goes.

Since: Feb 11, 2011
Posted on: May 17, 2011 4:06 pm

Mediation recesses Tuesday ... until June 7

Yeah Sorry to say----Games are going to be missed because these idiots can't agree on anything...People have serious problems and these guys can't figure out how to COMPROMISE and work out something fair.....Pathetic.....

Since: Jul 12, 2008
Posted on: May 17, 2011 3:47 pm

Mediation recesses Tuesday ... until June 7

Why are they waiting until June 7th to talk?  If they really cared about the fans or the game, they would go back to the negotiating table tomorrow, and the next day, and the day after that, and so on until a deal gets done.  I thought when this lockout first started that there was no way any games would be missed this season. Now, I'm not so sure. 

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