NFL Players/Owners Hold “Secret” Meeting to Discuss CBA.

Unbeknownst to NFL players, the media and even some NFL franchise owners, Commissioner Roger Goodell, Cowboys Jerry Jones, Patriots Robert Kraft, Panthers Jerry Richardson, Giants John Mara and Steelers Dan Rooney was among an entourage that flew into DuPage Airport outside of Chicago to meet secretly with NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith and other union officials.

It has been weeks since the two sides have met and this secret meeting comes just days before they are scheduled to argue in front of the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals as to whether the lockout should be lifted.  (A ruling on this matter is not expected until late June.)

Court ordered federal mediation is to resume June 7, 2011, so maybe this secret meeting is a sign that both sides are getting nervous and understand that something needs to get done, and get done quickly since the season will be here before you know it.

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