NFL Labor Talks Continue As Ownership Contingent Arrives
The full ownership contingent on the NFL's labor committee arrived at the federally mediated talks between the NFL and NFLPA by mid-afternoon, minus Patriots Owner Robert Kraft, who is in Israel. Sources said the talks had slowed down somewhat today waiting for the nine members of the labor group, the last of whom to arrive was the Bengals’ Mike Brown. The vitriol between the two sides that had largely been tamped down during the 15 days of mediation has broken through again, with Domonique Foxworth today calling the owners’ offer of financials laughable in a CNBC interview.
The CBA expires at the end of the day tomorrow, though the union must decide to decertify by 5:00pm ET tomorrow in order to file an antitrust lawsuit against the league in the following six months. Meanwhile, reports are emerging the economic divide between the two sides has continued to narrow, though the difference is still substantial.
For continuing updates, see the SBJ/SBD NFL Labor Watch page.