NFL players and owners will meet again on Friday as they continue to try to hammer out a labor agreement so that the NFL lockout can end. Lawyers for each side met on Tuesday and Wednesday and the main parties returned on Thursday.
That would include the two main men from each side, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith. The two sides met for over 12 hours on Thursday and they're back at it again on Friday
For the players it's Kevin Mawae, Pete Kendall, Sean Morey, Domonique Foxworth, Charlie Batch and Jeff Saturday, as well as Smith. For the owners, it's Chiefs' Clark Hunt, Giants' John Mara, Steelers' Art Rooney and Cowboys' Jerry Jones, as well as Goodell.
The main issue continues to be -- what else -- the money. The two sides are said to be making strides on the revenue split, which is the main sticking point right now. While there are other issues involved, it's believed that, once the money issue is figured out, the rest will be able to fall into place more smoothly.
On Saturday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan, who has been involved in the talks, will go on vacation so there's some urgency to get a deal done quickly. Many believe it's still possible a deal is done by next week. Once a handshake deal is done, it will then be up to the lawyers and courts to include all the details and finalize the paperwork, a process which could take up to 10 days.