The two sides have not discussed a thing since March 11, 2011, but today the National Football League and the former NFL Players’ Association will resume with mediation today in a Minneapolis courthouse, as ordered by U.S. District Judge Susan Nelson.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA Exec Dir DeMaurice Smith will be among the attendees. I will not be there – I will be helping Neal Pilson and Val Ackerman grade oral presentation for their “Leadership and Personnel Management in the Sports Industry” course at Columbia University. Topic: The NFL/NFLPA Labor Dispute.
A federal jury found Barry Bonds guilty of one count of obstruction of justice for giving an evasive answer under oath to a Grand Jury more than seven years ago. U.S. District Judge Susan Illston declared a mistrial on the remaining three counts of making false statements, those being that he never knowingly received steroids or human growth hormone.
Judge Illston set a date of May 20, 2011, for a status conference wherein Bonds’ lawyers will try to persuade the Judge to toss out the lone conviction, while Federal prosecutors in the interim will decide whether it is worth the time and expense to retry Bonds.
Barry Bonds could face 10 years in prison on the conviction of obstruction of justice; however, federal guidelines call for 15-21 months sentence.
Next up – Roger Clemens.