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NFLPA Awaiting League's Response From Last Bargaining Session

NFLPA officials revealed on a conference call today that the union made two proposals for a new labor deal at its last formal bargaining session with the NFL – one dealing with rookie compensation and the other involving a way to deal with revenues in the future. "The last meeting that we had … it was somewhere right around the Thanksgiving holiday," said NFLPA President Kevin Mawae. "The movement that was done there was us pushing two proposals across the table to them … and waiting for a response."

NFLPA General Counsel Richard Berthelsen indicated that the players are expecting a substantive response to the proposals after the owners meet Tuesday in Atlanta. Berthelsen said one of the players' proposals dealt with the rookie pay issue and the other involved "different ways that we can deal with revenues in the future and how, if at all, they would be handled differently." But NFLPA officials did not provide further details on the proposals. The NFL did not have an immediate response by press time.

The NFLPA held the impromptu conference call with the national media this morning to respond to public comments made by the NFL's outside labor counsel, Bob Batterman, indicating the NFLPA wanted a lockout when the CBA expires at midnight on March 4.

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