One of the fun little nuggets in Michael Silver’s piece on labor talks Friday was the story of Patriots owner Robert Kraft growing frustrated with NFL outside counsel Bob Batterman’s “legalese” during negotiations.
Well, we can guarantee we won’t hear a similar story next week.
CSNNE.com notes that Kraft will be out of the country on a 10-day trade mission to Israel and the United Kingdom. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick will also be part of the mission.
Kraft’s absence highlights a relative lack of involvement from NFL owners in the face-to-face mediated negotiations. The one day the owners brought a big contingent — last Wednesday — preceded progress being made on Thursday.
We don’t read that much into the owners staying out of the room, other than it shows their total confidence in NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and his staff.
UPDATE: NFL spokesman Greg Aiello points out via Twitter that “[t]here’s phone service in Israel.”