Owners meet with Cohen; mediation to resume Thursday

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.)

19 responses to “Owners meet with Cohen; mediation to resume Thursday

  1. 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. 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.

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

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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!

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