NFL/NFLPA Set To Resume Talks Next Tuesday

The league and the players union will continue their negotiations on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement next Tuesday - with a Thursday deadline looming.

When the league and the players union agreed to sit down with George Cohen from the Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service, the feeling around the league was one of cautious optimism.

After seven days of negotiations, the NFL and NFLPA have agreed to reconvene with Cohen next Tuesday - with the deadline to strike a deal looming just two days later.

Cohen released a statement a little while ago that, while encouraging in that both sides will continue to talk and that the overall tone in the room seems more respectful than in the last few months, does not sound the trumpet of optimisim that fans may have hoped for coming out of 7 straight days of talks.

Cohen's statement in full:

WASHINGTON, D.C.— One week ago, the National Football League and the National Football League Players Association accepted the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service’s invitation to conduct their continuing negotiations under my auspices, together with Deputy Director Scot Beckenbaugh. Because of the number and importance of the unresolved issues, I recommended and the parties agreed to a bargaining schedule commencing last Friday and continuing for seven consecutive days, through today.

Our time together has been devoted to establishing an atmosphere conducive to meaningful negotiations and, of course, matters of process and substance. I can report that throughout this extensive period the parties engaged in highly focused, constructive dialogue concerning a host of issues covering both economics and player-related conditions. The tenor of the across-the table discussions reflected a noteworthy level of mutual respect even in the face of strongly held competing positions. The parties met both in full committee and in subcommittees where discrete, technical issues lent themselves to smaller groups.

At bottom, some progress was made, but very strong differences remain on the all-important core issues that separate the parties. Nonetheless, I recommended and the parties have agreed to resume the mediation process in my office commencing next Tuesday (March 1). During the intervening weekend, the parties have been asked by us to assess their current positions on those outstanding issues.

I have shared the terms of this release with the parties, and they have authorized me to represent that it accurately reflects the course of mediation to date.

Due to the extraordinary sensitivity of these ongoing negotiations, the FMCS will refrain from any public comment while the mediation process continues and, further, I have requested and the parties have agreed to do likewise.

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jeremy's picture

February 24, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Jerry Jones is right. They need to get tired of the process before this will get done. Cohen has done a huge thing by just ending the public hyperbole and putting there energies to task.

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February 24, 2011 at 07:27 pm

"At bottom, some progress was made, but very strong differences remain on the all-important core issues that separate the parties"...

That's not what I was hoping to hear after a week of dialogue.


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