Tuesday’s mediation roster includes Clark Hunt

Folks are beginning to arrive at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) in Washington, D.C. Tuesday morning for the latest round of mediated talks between the NFL and NFLPA.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the ownership side has called up Chiefs owner Clark Hunt from the practice squad for the festivities.  Like Giants owner John Mara — who was activated Monday — Hunt’s family legacy is one of compromise and league-first thinking.

For the players side, Albert Breer of NFL Network reports that Ravens cornerback Domonique Foxworth, Colts center Jeff Saturday, Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch, retired player Sean Morey, and retired player Pete Kendall will all be in attendance.

For folks curious what actually happens in a day of mediated sessions — where the two sides are apart a lot more than you’d imagine — we’d recommend this column by Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times.

5 responses to “Tuesday’s mediation roster includes Clark Hunt

  1. I was involved with a state appointed mediator once in bargaining and it was interesting. First he asked for our wish list. he took that and reappeared hours later and told us the items that would not, under any circumstances be acceptable. He asked us about the remaining items and made us prioritize. More hours went by. The most important part of the process is the unending hours of waiting. He kept us up all night which was a good ploy. At 7am we came to an agreement. He wore both sides down until reason took over. In negotiations the side that can wait the longest, wins. That is the only rule that is always true in negotiations. Unfortunately.

  2. I would be more optimistic about the prospects of a resolution if a Bob Kraft, Jerry Jones, Jerry Richardson, or Pat Bowlen entered an appearance at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service this week. At this juncture, at least, I’m not looking at this labor dispute through the same rose-colored glasses as some in the sports media. One—or both—of the sides will have to make a MAJOR concession; otherwise, my guess is that the union will decertify by week’s end. Realistically speaking, it doesn’t make sense to have another extension if substantive progress isn’t made.

  3. Love that they’re getting the “Old Guard” into these meetings. They come from a lineage of “league first” thinking as opposed to “profit first” thinking. Just need Rooney in there and we’ll have a deal done by the end of the week.

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