The mediator is back in the building.
Arthur Boylan arrived in New York City Monday afternoon, fresh off his vacation. According to multiple reports, he went straight from the airport to where lawyers for the NFL and NFLPA* are meeting Monday.
The original plan was for both parties to meet Boylan on his home turf in Minneapolis Tuesday. That plan obviously changed.
It’s probably going to be a quiet Monday in labor news, but we can pass along word that the NFLPA* filed a motion for summary judgment, asking that the lockout be declared illegal. The motion will be rendered a moot point if there is an agreement.
NFLPA* spokesman George Atallah told the New York Times this is just a procedural move and doesn’t indicate the state of negotiations. We’d quibble with that slightly: It indicates negotiations are ongoing, something both sides aimed to end four months ago.