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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: Sep 30, 2009
Posted on: May 17, 2011 3:46 pm

Mediation recesses Tuesday ... until June 7

Sorry CBS Sports, but we'll have to look for a new site this fall for our fantasy league, unless you're willing to add a Fantasy Lingerie Football League option, since it seems like that's all we'll be watching this season. 

Since: Jan 13, 2008
Posted on: May 17, 2011 3:44 pm

Mediation recesses Tuesday ... until June 7

We'll have college FB, the World Series will be in the beginning of November and then its basketball and hockey kickin' in. Isn't this "disagreement" over 1 billion dollars of TV money? I'm under the impression that of the 9 billion the owners get 1 billion off the top, then they split the 8 billion. Now they want 2 billion off the top.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: May 17, 2011 3:05 pm

Mediation recesses Tuesday ... until June

Well, at least there's baseball until October.  Cool  I do love football but whatcha gonna do?  This $9B industry was ours in the making.  We're the ones willing to pay high dollars to see them play.  Arguments over that kind of money is expected.

However, I do feel for those players that legitimately need the money.  But I'm not really feeling bad for either side for those people that if management their money right, could easily survive this.

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