Tag:Arthur Boylan
Posted on: July 1, 2011 1:58 am

NFL, NFLPA meet for more than 15 hours

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The NFL and the NFLPA finally have emerged from their 15 1/2-hour meeting, and they will return at 9 a.m. Friday morning to continue discussions, according to reports from NFL.com’s Albert Breer. The mega-bargaining session began at 10 a.m. ET Thursday and continued until about 1:30 a.m. Friday

There’s obviously no new CBA, but after such a long day of meeting face to face, you have to wonder if that announcement is coming relatively soon -- like, say, within the next week or so.

Though late Thursday afternoon, there was plenty of pessimism emanating from a number of reports after the NFLPA held a conference call for some of its members, the fact that the two sides negotiated for another eight hours after that has got to be a positive step.

Plus, with the league moving closer to a deadline when a deal would have to be done in order to begin training camps on time, both sides seem a little more energized to get something accomplished.

According to the AP, among those involved in the talks today included: U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan, Giants owner John Mara, Chiefs owner Clark Hunt, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, Patriots owner Robert Kraft and, for the players, Colts C Jeff Saturday, Chiefs G Brian Waters and Ravens CB Domonique Foxworth.

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Posted on: June 8, 2011 3:16 pm
Edited on: June 8, 2011 3:48 pm

NFL, NFLPA confirm secret talks

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

In case you needed confirmation that the NFL and the NFLPA are engaged in secret meetings this week – although you SHOULDN’T since CBSSports.com’s own Mike Freeman reported it Tuesday night – the two sides have released a statement.

"NFL owners and players have engaged in further confidential discussions before Chief Magistrate Judge Boylan this week,” the statement reads.

The two sides are meeting somewhere in New York – some reports have pinpointed the meetings to Long Island – and according to NFL.com, the NFLPA is represented by DeMaurice Smith, Kevin Mawae, Jeff Saturday, Mike Vrabel, Tony Richardson and Domonique Foxworth.

Meanwhile, the NFL is represented by commissioner Roger Goodell, New York Giants owner John Mara, Kansas City’s Clark Hunt, New England’s Robert Kraft, Carolina’s Jerry Richardson and San Diego’s Dean Spanos.

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Posted on: June 7, 2011 7:21 pm
Edited on: June 7, 2011 10:37 pm

Players/owners meet again in secret

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

As CBSSports.com’s own Mike Freeman reports, the owners and the NFLPA have restarted their labor negotiating meetings in secret.

Though we all know the two sides did the same thing last week in Chicago, nobody seems to know the location this time around.

Which might actually be a positive sign. The deeper both sides are hunkered down in talks, perhaps the more progress is being made. (That’s what we like to think anyway.)

Not that today’s development is a big surprise. Commissioner Roger Goodell said last week that both sides would meet again. He just didn’t say when and where. But the fact that they’re happening -- even if nobody else in the world can find them -- makes us much more optimistic.

UPDATED 8:47 PM (ET): According to ESPN.com, the two sides met in a New York City hotel room. In attendance besides Goodell, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith and a handful of owners and player reps was magistrate judge Arthur Boylan.

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Posted on: April 20, 2011 4:15 pm
Edited on: April 20, 2011 4:26 pm

NFL-NFLPA mediation breaks until mid-May

Posted by Andy Benoit
M. Vrabel (US Presswire)
Wednesday was a busy day in the NFL’s labor wars. It ended with mediation being adjourned until May 16. This according to Albert Breer of NFL Network. NFL general counsel Jeff Pash says the break is due, in part, to Judge Arthur Boylan’s schedule. (But many are wondering, if that’s true, then why was Boylan assigned to mediate the talks in the first place.)

While the owners and NFLPA are off on their separate ways, Judge Susan Nelson is expected to rule on the pending motion to lift the lockout.

This wasn’t the only news from Wednesday. It was reported earlier that 70 mid-tier NFL players have broken off and are seeking their own legal representation in an effort to gain a seat at the negotiating table.

Mike Vrabel responded to this report by telling Breer, “We’re players here to represent players and De works for us. They do [have a seat]. And if they’re unhappy with that seat, we have to vote in a new executive committee, and a new board of reps.”

In other words, Vrabel admitted that the decertified union is still acting as a union, which is not supposed to the case. The owners may jump all over this blunder in the coming days.

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Posted on: April 20, 2011 12:10 am

NFL, NFLPA make progress in talks

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

It sounds like today’s mediation talks were long and arduous, but in the end, writes NFL.com’s Albert Breer, some progress was made. Which, I guess, is a good thing, right?

The two sides met for about seven hours today, and for much of it, the NFL and the NFLPA spent time separately.

But it wasn’t only about what occurred today. It was how the two sides spent their time last weekend. To show proof of how hard his team had worked, attorney Michael Hausfeld, who heads up the Eller group, produced a 100-page response to questions asked by mediator Arthur Boylan.

"Over the weekend, we consulted with numerous individuals to prepare a response," Hausfeld said. "It has been given to the court to assist the court in making that evaluation and in having the parties understand the differences in position so that they could engage in a meaningful dialogue to reach these serious issues.

"This is no charade, this is no illusion. This is going to come to a resolution, either by the parties compromising and agreeing or by a judgment. And even with a judgment many times, there is then a discussion on how to compromise the judgment so there's not a winner-take-all situation. This takes time, and the court is doing everything within its power to get the parties to realize that."

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Category: NFL
Posted on: April 15, 2011 5:45 pm

So how did Friday's mediation go?

Posted by Andy Benoit

As we wrote earlier, the second day of court-ordered mediated talks between the NFL and NFLPA has wrapped up. Friday’s discussions lasted about three hours, a considerably lighter schedule after the two sides negotiated under the watchful eye of Judge Arthur Boylan for over nine hours on Thursday.

The next session won’t take place until 10:00 a.m. Tuesday. However, that doesn’t mean the two sides won’t be working. Albert Breer of NFL Network says that Michael Hausfeld -- lead attorney for the Eller class, which is representing the retired players – told him the sides left with a "homework" assignment from the judge.

Breer also says that both parties are “serious” about the talks and are mindful of the consequences of failed negotiations.

Without being in Boylan’s chambers, it’s hard to say whether significant progress is being made, though many likely feel it’d be better if negotiations continued through the weekend.

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Category: NFL
Posted on: April 15, 2011 3:01 pm
Edited on: April 15, 2011 3:25 pm

Second day of mediation is done

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The second mediation day between the NFL and NFLPA has ended with a fizzle.

And after spending nearly 10 hours in a bargaining session Thursday, the two sides spent only about a 1/3 of that time today in the presence of U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan.

Thus, reports NFL.com’s Albert Breer, who writes that the mediation is adjourned until 10 a.m. Tuesday.

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Category: NFL
Posted on: April 14, 2011 7:45 pm
Edited on: April 14, 2011 9:23 pm

NFL, NFLPA will continue mediation Friday

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

After nearly 10 hours of negotiations today, the mediation session between the NFL and the NFLPA in the presence of U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan has ended. And, as we suspected, not many people are saying much of anything.

Although NFL lead negotiator Jeff Pash said the two sides would return to the courthouse in Minneapolis on Friday, commissioner Roger Goodell said, “We pledged confidentiality.”

As NFL.com's Albert Breer wrote earlier this evening, “I've been told talks upstairs have been ‘tough’ and there's lots of ‘fence-mending’ to be done.”

Still, it sounds like something productive occured.

"We had a full day. It was constructive to get together," said Pash, who was joined by Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, Chiefs owner Clark Hunt, Steelers owner Art Rooney and Patriots owner Robert Kraft. "The chief magistrate judge is working very hard, and I give him a lot of credit for really trying to move the parties toward a solution."

OK, that sounds fine. But how long will this mediation attempt last? Until (fingers crossed!) there’s a resolution?

 "The court has indicated it wants to continue with everyone talking as long as it makes sense," said Michael Hausfeld, one of the attorneys for the players.

Hmm, that doesn’t really tell us much, does it?

Actually, the fact that NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith (who was joined by Vikings LB Ben Leber, Chiefs LB Mike Vrabel and Hall of Fame DE Carl Eller) and Goodell – who had to step away from part of the bargaining session to join in on a conference call scheduled with 5,300 Browns fans – attended the mediation is a pretty good sign.

"I can tell you that it's a positive step when the parties are talking," Goodell told the Browns fans. "We saw the March 11 proposal as responsive to issues raised by the players and there are many attractive elements in it. ... Our entire focus is on getting a deal done."

Though these sessions were mandated by Judge Susan Nelson – who will eventually rule on the Brady v NFL case – it’s obviously positive that the two sides, once again, are meeting. And hope for an agreement of any sort between the two sides continues.

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