Mediation doesn’t resume until 1:00 p.m. ET

On Monday, we suggested that the NFL and the players’ union shouldn’t bother to show up for mediation on Tuesday if they’re not serious about getting a deal done.

Apparently, they’re taking us up on that.

With fewer than three days remaining before the labor deal expires, the two sides aren’t getting together to resume mediation until 1:00 p.m. ET.

Why don’t they just get started Thursday night at 10:30?

At the risk of agreeing belatedly with Rich Hoffman a/k/a Rich Hofmann, it presently appears that the seven days of mediation indeed were an elaborate P.R. ploy that helped the league reverse a stretch of bad publicity and that helped the union create the impression that it’s not intent on pushing the dispute to decertification.

Meanwhile, get ready for decertification and a lockout and no free agency and plenty of stuff that we’ll be breaking down every step of the way.  (The discussion continues at 12:00 p.m. ET with Daniel Kaplan of SportsBusiness Journal.)

What else are we going to write about?  Baseball?

25 responses to “Mediation doesn’t resume until 1:00 p.m. ET

  1. I heard NBC likes hockey, carve out your niche there since ESPN will be talking about nothing but baseball for the next like 9 months.

  2. Just shut it down already. Decertify, go kick the owners butts in court and get on with the season.

  3. I think the mediation was 2 things. 1)Possibly a last hail mary effort by the league to see if they can get some of the major issues resolved. 2)If they can’t get these issues resolved, what better way is there to be able to declare an impass than to go through more than 7 days of mediation with limited progress.

    If they do declare an impass and implement their last best offer. That would then put the union in the position of being the ones responsible for shutting down the league.

  4. I’m so sick of all of this. Let’s get back to competition, seeing who’s the best. Not who’s highest paid.

    I have watched the game itself decline since 2007 steadily, its been declining slowly since 2003. The NFL and NBA are victims to their own success. People don’t go to games because they get a better seat on TV, then owners raise ticket prices thinking that would cover the costs, still fewer people go in the small markets. Then they get a direct TV package which just puts a bandaid on it, because fewer people still go to the small market games, now they can watch all the games on TV still cheaper.

    If it was up to these greedy owners they would charge a ticket price for what you would see on tv. The players on the other hand have only responded as spoiledly as the owners themselves have handed to them on a silver platter. Of course they want what the same CBA, haven’t they deserved it?

    The NFL and owners have failed in other areas to try to make money or make enough money to cover their ends. Now, when all else fails they will take it from the players when it was them who started the entire mess in the first places to cover their greedy appetites.

    If the NFL thought about its fans first, they would have never gotten to this point. If they would have kept their ticket prices reasonable places would be packed, direct TV would be a bonus, and smaller markets wouldn’t be looking to move to L.A.

    I point my finger at all these owners first and foremost for starting the mess today. Here’s a list of owners who are exclusively responsible for setting the pay scale as high as it is.

    1. Daniel Snyder…This moran will sign an out of work player for superstar money..Remember Bruce Smith…
    2. The Fords……..These jokers SET the rookie scale…..Every year!!!
    3. Al Davis…He sets records for overpaying at certain positions especially at Cornerback.
    4. Jerry Jones….Not as stupid as the rest of them but clearly over pays on all occaisions.

    If it wasn’t for these idiots putting themselves BEFORE THE GAME we would be just fine!

  5. @FoozieGrooler
    Agreed…..and it sucks….It’s just a dog and pony show….

  6. Isn’t it possible the sides are meeting later so as to meet privately amongst themselves first? If this is indeed a last-ditch effort, they likely want to be as prepared as possible.

    I’ll be completely and utterly floored if they reach an agreement today anyway, so waiting a few hours to start doesn’t mean anything.

  7. Please read this NFL and Players Union.

    If one side says 10 and the other side says 1…..a compromise would be 5. Please dont make me watch baseball ..that is all.

  8. If they do this to me, I wont be back for at least 3 years after they come back, No Tickets, no NFL Channel, no shirts, no lamps, no nothing for three years at least. I hate these selfish rich pigs

  9. OR it could mean that they’re close!

    But you can’t write that can you? It’s not doom and gloom!

    I think they’ll either work something out by the end of the work or agree to an extension.

  10. The NFL both owners and players alike need to realize that everyone is having hard times. They need to come to a compromise and stop acting like a bunch of spoiled brats. No matter what they say shutting down for any amount of time can not be a good thing. The NFL has become a year long event and now they want to delay free agency. This is getting rediculous.

  11. “At the risk of agreeing belatedly with Rich Hoffman a/k/a Rich Hofmann, it presently appears that the seven days of mediation indeed were an elaborate P.R. ploy….”


    I posted that same thing last week when you ran your column about “something good must be happening” because they stayed in mediation.

    Good to know you can admit it when you get snookered.

  12. The owners did not get rich because they are dumb….. until it comes to running an NFL franchise. they made a bad deal and want the players to bail them out. The employees are trying to run the business. There has to be a middle ground somewhere.

  13. They are going to grow the pie by adding 2 more games and charging more $$ for the Sunday ticket. With $5 gas coming that’s going to be a tuff sell for some.

    Attending a game is horrible with all the stoppages of play not to mention the drunk idiots and fights.

    What’s next?? Commercials on the Red Zone Channel???

    Love the game but there making it more difficult to be a fan.

  14. Lets kill that golden goose and every one looses. Seriously the NFL and NFLPA doesn’t care if there is a season, So why should the fan care when ever there is.

  15. woburnsharks says: Mar 1, 2011 11:28 AM

    “What’s next?? Commercials on the Red Zone Channel???”

    I’m thinking all NFL games available only on a PPV basis is not far off.

  16. I don’t care if next season is canceled. I live in a warm weather state, so I’ll play golf on Sundays in the fall. Screw the rich, spoiled bastards!

  17. I’m a die hard NFL fan goes to about one game per year, watch it on TV a lot and buys Steeler garb all the time. They better not mess with my season or I may never come back.

  18. bradjames33160 says: Mar 1, 2011 12:13 PM

    “@Foozie Grooler, that’s what the fragmented sites for are for. ”

    I just went there to see what it was and there’s a full page claiming that:

    “This domain name has been seized by ICE, Homeland Security Investigations, Special Agent in Charge, New York Office, in accordance with a seizure warrant obtained by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern Dictrict of New York and issued pusuant to 18 U.S.C. §§ 981 and 2323 by the United States Dictrict Court for the Southern Dictrict of New York.”

    So much for…

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