NFL Labor Talks Mediator is Down in the Trenches

LA Times
March 5, 2011

Mediation appears to be working as the NFL and the NLFPA have agreed to push the collective bargaining deadline back a week. After taking the weekend off, both parties resume Monday for their 12th day of talks. Not much information is leaving either camp, but the fact that both parties are still at the table indicates that the mediation strategy is working.

NFL commissioner Robert Goodell insists that “[the conflict] is going to get resolved through negotiations, not through litigation.” With the season on the line, it comes down to whether mediator George H. Cohen can get the owners and the players to agree. According to the FMCS, about 85% of all recent contract disputes mediated by the agency have ended with agreements.

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