The NFL and players resumed talks on Tuesday, according to sources, in an attempt to build off last week’s secret talks in suburban Chicago, and work toward a resolution to end the three-month-old lockout.
The location of this set of talks remains unknown. Last week’s meeting lasted three days, running into Friday’s hearing at the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis, on the NFL’s appeal of a lockout-lifting injunction granted to the players by a district court.
Following that set of talks, the league and players put out a joint statement. “The parties met pursuant to court mediation,” the statement said. “Owners and players were engaged in confidential discussions before Chief Magistrate Judge Boylan.
The court has ordered continued confidentiality of the mediation sessions.” Both sides in this week’s negotiating sessions are using the same cast of characters as last week, a source with knowledge of the situation told NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora.