With the NFL generally winning the P.R. phase of the labor dispute, the players possibly will score some points by publicly accepting the invitation/suggestion from Judge Susan Nelson to submit to mediation under the ultimate supervision of the federal court in Minnesota.
“The class of NFL players wrote to Judge Susan Nelson today, embracing her recommendation to participate in mediation under the oversight of the federal court of Minnesota,” the NFLPA* said in a release.
“Though the injunction to lift the owners’ lockout remains under Judge Nelson’s consideration, the players took to heart her advice given during Wednesday’s hearing that the two sides should not delay to meet.
“The players expressed their hope that mediation under court oversight will begin immediately.”
In contrast, the NFL wants to resume collective bargaining with George Cohen, director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service in D.C. (pictured).
Judge Nelson easily could order the two sides to mediate the case, a very common tactic utilized automatically by many courts. It doesn’t require the parties to reach a settlement; it requires them only to try to do so, in good faith.
Unfortunately, good faith is pretty scarce right now when it comes to the current mess engulfing the game of pro football.