While the NFL and NFLPA maybe be inching closer to a settlement that will end the NFL lockout, there is still issues to iron-out before finalizing an agreement. The two sides are still in contact over the weekend, choosing to work over the phone and by email instead of in person. And on Monday, they'll be back at the negotiating table with the finish line near, but a special guest will join the proceedings.
According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, the NFL and NFLPA will sit down with Judge Arthur Boylan for negotiations on Monday and Tuesday.
It ain't over til it's over. Filed to ESPN that NFL & NFLPA negotiations necessary Mon and Tues in Wash DC w Judge Boylan. On SC in 7 min
Boylan has presided over mediation sessions between the two sides in an effort to speed up the proceedings and hammer out some of the more difficult stumbling blocks. And while Mortensen opens with "it ain't over til it's over," that may not be the case here. The scheduled mediation sessions could be to iron out a few serious issues, or it could simply be part of the vetting process.
In fact, the scheduled mediation sessions could mean a deal is in place, or nearly in place, requiring Boylan to take a look at the deal and sign off on it. Either way, a deal appears to be imminent and could be voted on as soon as this coming week.
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