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Owners meet with Cohen; mediation to resume Thursday

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Federal mediation between the NFL and NFLPA will continue Thursday, but not before one final meeting of NFL owners at the end of a long day.

The remaining NFL owners in Washington D.C. and key league officials are meeting with federal mediator George Cohen on Wednesday night, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.

Meanwhile, SI’s Jim Trotter reports that mediation between the NFL and NFLPA will officially resume on Thursday morning at 9 a.m. ET.

The meeting between Cohen and ownership on Wednesday is presumably an effort to see what the owners are thinking, and where they might be able to compromise.  NFL Network’s Albert Breer reported that Giants owner John Mara, Packers CEO Mark Murphy, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, lead negotiator Jeff Pash and outside counsel Bob Batterman are in the meeting with Cohen.

The union has been camped out at their offices nearby, but they won’t be needed until tomorrow morning.

It should be a fun day.  Or a depressing one for all football fans.   (Probably the latter.)

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19 Responses to “Owners meet with Cohen; mediation to resume Thursday”
  1. pwall1 says: Mar 2, 2011 9:12 PM

    This is good news. I’m not expecting a deal to be made, but I hope they’ll at least agree on an extension.

  2. whatagreatfootballmind says: Mar 2, 2011 9:37 PM

    Billionaires fighting with Millionaires… for f sakes just get a effin deal done. Middle class people can effin careless about billions being split up and who gets how much.

  3. rmbay says: Mar 2, 2011 9:39 PM

    I can’t see them agreeing to an extension. It really doesn’t solve anything and it would basically just nullify the owners plan to back out of a bad deal they signed a long time ago and have been dying to get out from under.

    They need to keep bargaining almost non-stop until this thing is resolved, and all parties can have peace for the next 7 years or so.

  4. egls7 says: Mar 2, 2011 9:45 PM

    In terms of negotiating for a new cba, why do I feel like the league is speaking in another language to the union.

    Just like in this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JhuOicPFZY&feature=youtube_gdata_player
    See how peter argues with the italian without understanding each other

  5. jsdriscoll says: Mar 2, 2011 9:46 PM

    Will they be able to agree on an extension of the bargaining time without paying all those bonuses?

  6. Kave Krew says: Mar 2, 2011 9:54 PM

    This is where the rubber meets the road. Deadline day. We now get to witness the separation of big balls from bullsh$t.

  7. nokoolaidcowboy says: Mar 2, 2011 10:00 PM

    Want to know what is happening? Just ask Jerry Jones. Never one to miss an opportunity to talk, he will blab it all!

  8. ravensfreak00 says: Mar 2, 2011 10:07 PM

    I hope it’s not the latter one, either. I just want this to get resolved as quickly as possible.

  9. wtfru2 says: Mar 2, 2011 10:19 PM

    How do you spell relief? E-X-T-E-N-S-I-O-N….

  10. zaarnak says: Mar 2, 2011 10:19 PM

    They are using the wrong mediator. They should be using Tony ‘No Neck’ Cacciatore. His familywill be VERY disappointed if the football season does not happen.

  11. richm2256 says: Mar 2, 2011 10:22 PM

    So with about 24 hours left, the two sides aren’t meeting throughout the night?

    Not a sign that an agreement (or an extension) is coming.

    Get ready for bad news Friday morning.

  12. Rhode Island Patriots Fan says: Mar 2, 2011 10:27 PM

    An extension would not be warranted unless there has been substantive progress made during the working sessions, which I doubt. In my judgment, the NFL owners should declare a labor impasse, and not a lockout, as the latter would, among other things, cede the public relations high ground to the players union. Regrettably, a player lockout is the most likely result here. Hopefully, we can count on a new CBA being signed before any antitrust litigation is adjudicated—i.e., within the next five years or so.

  13. tjp2033 says: Mar 2, 2011 10:28 PM

    The thing that makes me nervous is, if they don’t get a deal done by midnight tomorrow when is the next time they will actually sit down to talk again.

    If not resolved tomorrow this could be a lengthy battle.

  14. packernet says: Mar 2, 2011 10:51 PM

    Not happening. The owners should call off talks and shut this down. When one player is dropping 100 grand at a bar and another is bragging about 80 mil in the bank something is wrong.

  15. johnnyb216 says: Mar 2, 2011 11:24 PM

    Well they’d better figure this thing out. You all see what happened to hockey. Its aired on versus now.

  16. east96st says: Mar 3, 2011 1:09 AM

    What’s so damn depressing is John Mara’s involvement. If his dad was still alive, this would be over already. Wellington understood the only good contract was the one where both sides felt a little pain and he could keep Jones and Snyder in check. Little Johnny is just an empty suit. He’s trying to fill the role, but is just too soft.

  17. blackcatnfl says: Mar 3, 2011 2:21 AM

    Now that the NFL owners have been exposed as plotting for years to lock out and then take advantage of the players, this one has so much bad blood it’ll never be resolved by September 2011, maybe not September 2012.

    With the owners having planned for a lockout from the getgo and obviously not negotiating in good faith, and their about-face on the importance of games in those billion dollar stadiums, I’m on the side of the players!

  18. bunjy96 says: Mar 3, 2011 7:22 AM

    Not necessarily. Owners want CBA to expire to get rid of Doty.

  19. jc1958cool says: Mar 3, 2011 8:26 AM

    take a year off and think about it!

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