Labor meetings in Minneapolis will conclude today

Round V of the clandestine meetings between NFL owners and players will end today in Minneapolis.

And Albert Breer of the NFL Network reports the sides will meet for the next round beginning Tuesday in New York. Breer also reports the owners and players will hold conference calls later today to bring their sides up to speed on the issues and developments. Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith, along with their staffs, will meet Tuesday and Wednesday with owners and players joining the talks beginning next Thursday.

The sides met for roughly 15 hours on Thursday, going late into the night. This is the fourth day of meetings this week. This means no deal will be in place before July 4, but the sides are still talking and that’s a positive sign as they move closer and closer to a date that will force training camps to open late and preseason games to potentially be eliminated.

Hopefully, there’s progress made today and the sides can come up with ideas to bridge the gap over the long, holiday weekend.

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