NFL, players cannot agree on where to have mediated talks
The players would like to get back to mediation.
The owners would like to get back to mediation also.
They just can’t agree on where they’d like to have mediated talks. So, guess what? Don’t expect anything to happen until U.S. District Judge Susan Nelson makes a ruling in a couple weeks based off of Wednesday’s hearings in Minnesota.
The players sent a letter out earlier today saying they’d like to follow the suggestion of Nelson and have negotiations under the umbrella of the federal court in Minnesota. The NFL, according to Mark Maske of the Washington Post, would love to sit down again with the players using federal mediator George Cohen in Washington.
There have not been talks since March 11 and at this point it’s unlikely there will be any until after Nelson acts and the sides react off that. Per Maske, the league has assured players their legal position would not be jeopardized in mediation sessions with Cohen. But meeting with Cohen didn’t yield a resolution last time.
So, now we’ll wait and see what shakes out in court.
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