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NFL, union to meet on Wednesday

Nearly four months after their last bargaining session, the NFL and the players’ union will get together on Wednesday to continue to talk about differences on which little or no progress has been made.

Liz Mullen of SportsBusiness Journal reports that the meeting will occur in New York.  Recent developments, including the union’s legal attack against the NFL’s television contracts and the active consideration of collusion charges, could make things more tense than usual.

It’s also the first meeting since primary NFL outside labor counsel Bob Batterman declared that the two sides are “as far apart as I could imagine.”  During our recent interview of Commissioner Roger Goodell (which will appear in our Season Preview magazine, which you can buy right here), the man who runs the sport would neither agree nor disagree with Batterman’s characterization.

“I don’t characterize it, because there’s no reason to characterize it,” Goodell said.  “We have differences that need to get resolved.”

Hopefully, the differences can get resolved.  Before that can happen, the two sides need to develop a sense of urgency that, to date, hasn’t existed.

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11 Responses to “NFL, union to meet on Wednesday”
  1. leatherstarfish says: Jun 15, 2010 9:44 AM

    If there is a lockout the union will get most of the blame. One would think they would realize that and work a bit more with the NFL to get things done.

  2. Fike Mlorio says: Jun 15, 2010 9:56 AM

    No doubt there will be a stoppage. The union will continue to antagonize the NFL, will make every outrageous PR claim they can rather than negotiate in good faith, and finally De Smith will call on his buddy Barack’s administration to bring the hammer down. Obama had no problem turning bankruptcy law on its head when they shut out GM bondholders, just wait to see what kind of precedent they set here.

  3. birdmancometh says: Jun 15, 2010 10:15 AM

    Holy Crap man! Obama has nothing to do with this, get off your high horse.

  4. leatherstarfish says: Jun 15, 2010 10:25 AM

    I agree with birdmancometh. I am not an Obama supporter but what does he have to do with any of this. Let’s not make this into something it is not. The next thing you with say it is racial and one side is out to get the other because of the color of their skin.

  5. NFL4EVER says: Jun 15, 2010 10:31 AM

    birdmancometh says:
    June 15, 2010 10:15 AM
    Holy Crap man! Obama has nothing to do with this, get off your high horse.
    —————————————————————————
    He possibly could, read Fike Mlorio’s post again,
    “No doubt there will be a stoppage. The union will continue to antagonize the NFL, will make every outrageous PR claim they can rather than negotiate in good faith, and finally De Smith will call on his buddy Barack’s administration to bring the hammer down. Obama had no problem turning bankruptcy law on its head when they shut out GM bondholders, just wait to see what kind of precedent they set here.”
    That makes a whole lot of sense. That’s how people like De Smith roll, he will use the Obama administration as an instrument of plunder if needed. To people like Obama and De Smith who subscribe to Saul Alinsky’s “Rules For Radicals” the end justifies the means, whatever the cost.

  6. Fike Mlorio says: Jun 15, 2010 10:35 AM

    # birdmancometh says: June 15, 2010 10:15 AM
    Holy Crap man! Obama has nothing to do with this, get off your high horse.
    ———-
    DeMaurice Smith counts Obama among his friends, was a significant donor to the Obama presidential campaign, and was seated on the Obama transition team. From Obama’s website:
    http://change.gov/learn/obama_biden_transition_agency_review_teams
    Educate yourself before speaking.

  7. Chapnasty2 says: Jun 15, 2010 10:40 AM

    @ FikeMlorio
    You are 100% correct and a few people have their minds closed too much to get it. I don’t think birdman gets much of anything logical so I can excuse that one.

  8. stiller43 says: Jun 15, 2010 10:41 AM

    De Smith sucks. Get a deal done.

  9. Hauschild says: Jun 15, 2010 11:47 AM

    Unions are inherently corrupt and it is high time Americans wake up and not rest until the last union is put down like a sick horse.
    Seriously folks. Are you people that obtuse and naive? When was the last instance you saw a union involved in a business that really exploits the workers, for which unions were once known for fighting for – I’m talking the $8-10 an hour jobs??? Answer: Probably over 50 years ago; because there’s no money in it for union leaders. It’s all an entire sham and so many reason-challenged individuals are being hoodwinked.
    I can’t think of anything more un-American than a modern-day labor union.

  10. jake taylor says: Jun 15, 2010 12:28 PM

    Everytime there is a strike in any industry jobs are lost. Its never a pretty thing. Yet, who DOESNT lose their jobs?? The Union leaders. Sure a few of the lower ranking suckers lose their jobs but hey its all for the greater good…. Without unions, the greater risk is that NFL players lose all of their power. There will never be the NFL without a players union ever again.

  11. Bious says: Jun 16, 2010 3:29 PM

    No matter what, both sides will come out firing to the media about how the other side is the devil and all that…thinking that they are making themselves look good when all they are doing is making everyone in the public hate both sides even more

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