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SBD/April 18, 2011/Leagues and Governing Bodies
NFL Lockout Watch, Day 38: Judge Adjourns Mediation Talks Until Tuesday Morning
Published April 18, 2011
PLAYERS WEIGH IN: Saints QB Drew Brees said he is "excited" about the resurrection of mediation sessions between owners and players. Brees "hasn't taken part in the current phase of mediation, though he was on hand for several negotiating sessions in February and March." He said that he "likely will attend future sessions." Brees was "critical of the owners' 'media blitz' after the first round of mediation ended in early March with the players deciding to decertify their union and take the battle to federal court." Brees: "The minute that mediation ended, the NFL went on a 48-hour media blitz, talking about a lot of issues that were supposed to be confidential. And not only that, 95 percent of it was false information" (New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE, 4/16). Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald said that the NFL lockout "will end before any games are missed." Fitzgerald: "There is too much money at stake, too many jobs on the line." He added, "I think both sides are going to need to move a little on their points, but that's negotiations, that's bargaining" (Pittsburgh TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 4/17).