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Mediation breaks until Tuesday

There will be no surprise mediation sessions between the NFL and NFLPA* over the weekend.  In fact, both sides will get an extra day apart before they head back to the negotiating table.

Albert Breer of NFL.com reports that the latest round of mediation has broken for the weekend and will reconvene Tuesday at 10 a.m.

The two sides met for roughly 10 hours on Thursday.  Friday’s session was between three and four hours.

Hopefully, the extra time away from the table is intended to allow both sides to come up with solutions for compromise.  With the money everyone sitting at the negotiating table is making, there should be no more “off” days left until a deal is worked out.

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18 Responses to “Mediation breaks until Tuesday”
  1. bronco1st says: Apr 15, 2011 2:55 PM

    13-14 hours of looking at each other deserves a 3 day break – after all, there is plenty of time since the draft is days away…uh-huh, right…

  2. bunjy96 says: Apr 15, 2011 2:55 PM

    With the money everyone sitting at the negotiating table is making, there should be no more “off” days left until a deal is worked out.

    *********************************************

    You know this for a fact, with a holiday next Friday.

  3. shamburg says: Apr 15, 2011 2:56 PM

    They shouldn’t even have this weekend off! There’s less than 2 weeks left before the draft and my Birds better be able to trade Kolb for a 1st rounder!

  4. skoobyfl says: Apr 15, 2011 2:58 PM

    Owners: Let’s work on a % deal for the long-term.

    Players: We want more of a % when the TV rights double in value over the long term.

    Mediator: Split whatever revenues go up 50 / 50 here on out & call it even.

  5. bengals69 says: Apr 15, 2011 3:00 PM

    Rosenthal, stop lecturing about “off days …until a deal is worked out”. You assume both parties equally want a deal now. Obviously one or the other party isn’t motivated to do a deal now. Nothing can make them change until facts on the ground change. Read what Ross Tucker had to say on Sirius. The players want a summer off and hope for a deal in August so as to avoid the minicamps and training camp. Plus vets will have an advantage over the rooks for roster spots without training camp.

    A deal will get done no sooner than when both parties want one.

  6. ffootballontwitter says: Apr 15, 2011 3:01 PM

    Silence is actually a good sign. Every tweet had the potential to inflame the situation. Let’s hope for the best.

  7. windowace says: Apr 15, 2011 3:18 PM

    We are all on the back burner until the lawyers go to the next few rounds , No deal will be done . One side wants to have the top of the bargaining table .

  8. ampats says: Apr 15, 2011 3:26 PM

    There is no meeting on Monday because it is Patriots Day which is a state holiday in Massachusetts celebrating and honoring the best team in football, the New England Patriots.

    It is also the day the Boston Marathon is run. BB will be at the finish line.

  9. firethorn1001 says: Apr 15, 2011 3:56 PM

    ‘The players want a summer off and hope for a deal in August so as to avoid the minicamps and training camp’

    Horse Hockey.

    If this was the case they wouldn’t try to get lockout lifted until July/August.

  10. thefiesty1 says: Apr 15, 2011 4:11 PM

    Lock them all in a room with no food and no toilets until the come up with something. They are all just a bunch of prima donnas. Having never WORKED a day in the useless lives. I’m so sick of this garbage!

  11. thingamajig says: Apr 15, 2011 4:20 PM

    Typical Government operation, work 2 days then take 3 off.

  12. airraid77 says: Apr 15, 2011 4:28 PM

    that interesting thefeisty,
    they are millionaire who never work….interesting concept? so why are the wellfare recipients getting filthy rich?

  13. dryheaveone says: Apr 15, 2011 4:32 PM

    when this all over and done with (and it will be, eventually) alot of you people are going to be saying, “why did I get so wound up over that crap?”….The “wake me up when it’s over” strategy is the only was to deal with the situation

  14. hail2tharedskins says: Apr 15, 2011 4:35 PM

    Remember the judge is scheduled to rule on the injunction request next week. Don’t expect much movement by either side until then. After her ruling, it might encourage one side to be a little more flexible. I still believe the owners are inclined to appeal an injunction before they make any significant moves toward the players. While I believe the players would appeal if the injunction is denied, I think just the fact the players hear that the lockout may proceed would encourage them to be a lot more flexible than the owners would be, plus the chances that an appeal would grant an injunction is a lot less likely than an appeal to prevent the injunction.

  15. nflfan101 says: Apr 15, 2011 6:08 PM

    bengals69 says:

    A deal will get done no sooner than when both parties want one.

    ———–

    Bingo! We have a winner. This will not be settled or resolved until both sides want a settlement.

    And, right now, I do not think that D. Smith wants a settlement. He WILL NOT agree to lower total player cost until he has lost in court and is forced to accept lower total player cost. Of course, if he, Manning, Brady, etc. win in court, it will probably kill the NFL because there will not be any player employment rules. But destroying the NFL is of no concern to D. Smith.

  16. nflpasux says: Apr 15, 2011 6:16 PM

    It doesn’t matter if the two sides take a month off: the mediation is a farce. The players aren’t going to concede anything while hiding behind Judge Nelson’s skirts. There will no significant revenue losses to the owners until September, so there’s nothing to be gained until then; at that, the owners’ pockets are much deeper than the players.

    Don’t hold your breath awaiting progress until after the decision by the the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

  17. airraid77 says: Apr 15, 2011 6:21 PM

    I would argue along with NFLFAN101, that Smiths POLITICAL LEANINGS make me believe that he is the players PIED PIPER. Destroy the NFL owners, leads many fewer wealthy people walking around.

  18. endzonezombie says: Apr 15, 2011 7:39 PM

    “There is no meeting on Monday because it is Patriots Day which is a state holiday in Massachusetts celebrating and honoring the best team in football, the New England Patriots.”

    Based upon the overwhelming disapproval of ampats comment, it seems that most everyone but him realize that it has been hard liners like Kraft who have stalled the agreement on a new CBA. Someday a book will be written on what went on behind the scenes with the owners, and I doubt it will cast Kraft in a flattering light.

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