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NFL Lockout Watch, Day 40: Owners, Players Make "Some Progress" In Seven Hours Of Talks
Published April 20, 2011
SILENCE IS GOLDEN: In Minneapolis, James Walsh writes, "Is no news good news? ... The fact that the parties left the ninth-floor chambers of U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan after seven hours of talks without red faces, bloody noses or fingermarks around their necks has to count for something, right? Maybe." The sides "aren't talking, as per court gag order," but Goodell, Jones and Leber "all confirmed they are scheduled to meet in Minneapolis again" today. So the process is "at least continuing" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 4/20). However, ESPN's John Clayton notes there was "not much progress" in the mediated talks. Clayton: "You can still see that both sides are kind of battling and almost as if they're looking forward to seeing if there's going to be a ruling eventually by Judge Nelson and then try to move on from there." Clayton: "They don't seem to want to be at the bargaining table right now, and Judge Nelson is trying to make sure she can get this out of the court" ("SportsCenter Special," ESPN, 4/19).