NFL/NFL Labor Dispute: Finally, Some Progress!

Posted: May 18, 2011 in Robert J. Romano

It is reported that after six session of court ordered mediation with Judge Boylan, progress has been made between the National Football League and the former NFL Players’ Association.

NFL’s Jeff Pash stated, “I’ve said it many times the only way we’re going to get this accomplished is face-to-face dialogue and really digging into the issues and I think we had a good step in that direction today. And I hope that we’ll continue, confident it’s going to continue and we’ll be back early next month to continue that process.”

“We had a good discussion today,” Pash said. “I’ve said it many times the only way we’re going to get this accomplished is face-to-face dialogue and really digging into the issues and I think we had a good step in that direction today. And I hope that we’ll continue, confident it’s going to continue and we’ll be back early next month to continue that process.”

However, linebacker, and criminal defendant, Mike Vrabel, present for the mediation, questioned the NFL’s commitment to agreeing to terms.

“I don’t know if there’s any sense of urgency on their part,” Vrabel said. “I certainly understand that the closer you get to training camp, and the dates as players we’re used to reporting for training camp and playing preseason games and playing regular-season games, this thing becomes a lot more real for everybody involved. The players aren’t out there doing the work they’d normally be doing. They’re doing it on their own and they’re taking a lot of risk. I think that people appreciate the fact that guys are still preparing for a season.”

Mediation will continue between the two sides on June 7, 2011, four days after the June 3, 2011 hearing before the 8th Circuit Court of Appeal regarding District Court Judge Susan Nelson’s ruling that temporarily lifted the lockout.

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