The meeting were reportedly held on Long Island and were devoid of legal teams. This is the way things should be. folks. In this country labor disputes are settled through negotiation, not litigation - via conference room, not court room....
“NFL owners and players have engaged in further confidential discussions before Chief Magistrate Judge Boylan this week. Those discussions will continue.”- joint statement from the NFL and NFLPA on this week's meetingsNFL attendees at this week’s meetings: Commissioner Roger Goodell and labor committee members Jerry Richardson (Carolina), Clark Hunt (Kansas City), Robert Kraft (New England), John Mara (New York Giants) and Dean Spanos (San Diego). Representing the players: DeMaurice Smith, Kevin Mawae, Jeff Saturday, Mike Vrabel, Tony Richardson and Domonique Foxworth.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who was visiting US troops at Fort Bragg, N.C., remains optimistic his league will play a full season.
"I think it's fair to say anytime you have dialogue directly, that's going to lead to progress...I think we need more of that. As you've heard me say many times, I think this is going to be solved through bargaining, not through litigation. So it is a positive sign for us."
"We are going to continue to work at it. I believe both sides want to find solutions. I'm hopeful we're going to be successful. It's the objective of everybody involved with the NFL to play a full 2011 season."