The NFL and NFLPA should be able to sit down in the chambers of Chief Magistrate Arthur Boylan and get right down to business on Thursday morning because they've been here before.
The two sides will meet with Boylan on Thursday for their first mediation session together in Minneapolis. Previously, the two sides had spent 17 days mediating with George Cohen at the FMCS in Washington D.C. But Judge Susan Nelson, who is handling the latest case, ordered the two back to mediation and that will start on Thursday morning.
Each side has already met with Boylan to brief him on their arguments -- the NFLPA on Tuesday and the NFL on Wednesday.
While Judge Nelson can't force the two sides to come to an agreement, this is the next best move. Mediation didn't work last time but as this one is under the watchful eye of Judge Nelson so there's a slight hope that it will push the two sides to a deal.
Most, though, are pessimistic that anything comes out of mediation. Many think Judge Nelson will simply need to make her ruling. Last week she said that would take a couple of weeks.