NFL, union continue to negotiate

The NFL and the NFLPA continued talks Monday in hopes of reaching a new collective bargaining agreement that would allow business as usual to return to the offseason.

The NFL and the players association met Monday for a 12th day of 11th-hour negotiations in an attempt to reach a new collective bargaining agreement. The two sides met for four hours Monday and are scheduled to meet again starting this morning for another round of talks.

At the request of mediator George Cohen, neither side is making public statements concerning any movement being made on the core issues that separate them.

One only owner – John Mara of the Giants – was involved in the negotiation process Monday, but it was reported that the 10-owner labor committee was kept apprised through conference calls. The players association was represented by current players Tony Richardson, Jeff Statureday, Domonique Foxworth, Charlie Batch and Mike Vrabel, as well as former players Cornelius Bennett and Pete Kendall.

The talks come days after the players union showed up at their Washington D.C. meetings ready to deliver the required paperwork to file for the decertification of the union, which would start what is expected to be a lengthy court process. The union was apparently within minutes of filing the papers with Judge David Doty, who holds jurisdiction over the current CBA until it expires.

While there are still many issues to be hammered out, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell remains publicly confident that a deal will get done without decertifying the union, saying, "This is going to get resolved through negotiations, not litigation. Talking is better than litigating."


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    John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.

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