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    Positive Development: NFL, NFLPA agree to enter mediation

    Per ESPN:

    NEW YORK -- The NFL and players' union have agreed to enter mediation in their labor negotiations.

    The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service will oversee negotiations in Washington beginning Friday.

    FMCS director George H. Cohen says, "Due to the extreme sensitivity of these negotiations ... the agency will refrain from any public comment concerning the future schedule and/or the status of those negotiations until further notice."

    NFL spokesman Greg Aiello tells The Associated Press in an e-mail Thursday that "We are now in mediation."

    The collective bargaining agreement between the league and the players expires 11:59 p.m. ET on March 3.
    Very, very good news imo.


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    Re: Positive Development: NFL, NFLPA agree to enter mediation

    They would be insaneto not have football next season. Both sides need to put their egos away and do something productive, and quickly. The faster we can have free agency the quicker the Rams have a chance to really become contenders.


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    Re: Positive Development: NFL, NFLPA agree to enter mediation

    Quote Originally Posted by Varg6 View Post
    They would be insaneto not have football next season. Both sides need to put their egos away and do something productive, and quickly. The faster we can have free agency the quicker the Rams have a chance to really become contenders.
    Agree. I have been surprisingly optimistic that Free Agency starts on time despite all the reports to the contrary. Now with this report, my optimism grew. Both parties know there is WAY too much to lose. Off-season needs to go as planned.

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    Re: Positive Development: NFL, NFLPA agree to enter mediation

    "Ok Children, now let's talk about sharing."

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    Re: Positive Development: NFL, NFLPA agree to enter mediation

    Quote Originally Posted by BrokenWing View Post
    "Ok Children, now let's talk about sharing."
    And keep Jerry Jones away from making compromises.

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    Re: Positive Development: NFL, NFLPA agree to enter mediation

    Let the good times roll.

    Per PFT:
    Source: Union and league agree to seven straight days of negotiations

    After a week without communication, the NFL and NFLPA have agreed to do nothing but talk for a week.

    A league source (but not a league office source) tells PFT that the league and union have agreed to seven straight days of negotiations. This development was disclosed in a conference call with agents. The seven straight days will kick off Friday.

    Thursday included two tiny steps forward for everyone hoping for a resolution by early March. The two sides agreed to federal mediation and now have agreed to the kind of sustained discussions necessary to get a deal done.

    It’s a start.
    Keep it up.

    I want to read ASAP the following:

    Source: NFL and NFLPA Agree to new CBA. Please.

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    Re: Positive Development: NFL, NFLPA agree to enter mediation

    While this is certainly a good step, it is important to note that Federal Mediators CANNOT force a settlement on the players/owners. I agree it is at least a proactive step in coming to an agreement, but it guarantees nothing.

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    Re: Positive Development: NFL, NFLPA agree to enter mediation

    At least they are trying .. Better than not meeting at all ..

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    Re: Positive Development: NFL, NFLPA agree to enter mediation

    Quote Originally Posted by MauiRam View Post
    At least they are trying .. Better than not meeting at all ..
    I very much concur.

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    Re: Positive Development: NFL, NFLPA agree to enter mediation

    As somebody who has had his hand in a few DC negotiations, I can confirm this is a good sign. In fact, one set of negotiations that I worked on for several years was going to be arbitrated by George Cohen until he got appointed director of FMCS. He is obviously a heavyweight in the industry and I know his reputation was of one being pretty reasonable and getting deals done.

    What we need to keep in mind is that they have agreed to mediation, not arbitration. Mediation is just trying to help the sides work things out, whereas arbitration is binding on both parties. The ground rules for mediation (probably) haven't been worked out and we may not know what they are when they are worked out, but a lot of times they state that if a deal is not worked out by a certain time the negotiations will automatically turn to arbitration, usually with the mediators turning into arbitrators. This is usually a good way for both sides to save face when they want a deal done, since they never agreed to a deal.

    I don't have any inside information obviously, and I've never worked in negotiations like this. But FWIW, I think it's a good sign.

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