While legal and financial teams for the NFL and NFLPA met at the offices of sports law giant Proskaeur Rose in Manhattan, members of the NFLPA’s Executive Committee are scheduled to meet on Monday and Tuesday in Washington, D.C., Albert Breer of the NFL Network reports.
Player representatives for the 32 NFL teams have been invited to the NFLPA headquarters in D.C. on Wednesday.
Negotiating teams for the NFL and NFLPA were scheduled to meet with U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan, who has been mediating the talks, at his chambers in Minneapolis on Tuesday. As first reported by the Associated Press on Sunday, Judge Boylan is traveling to New York on Monday, and Breer adds that a negotiating team from the players’ side could break off from meetings in D.C. to continue face-to-face talks with the owners.
Though the major economic issues are out the way, a few issues, including the settlements of the Brady v NFL case and television revenue damages case, are in need of a resolution.
“The parties will be in touch with Judge Boylan to give him a report on developments in advance of next Tuesday’s session and will consult with him on how to make the best use of the time before our league meeting on Thursday,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said.
It’s at that league meeting, which will take place Atlanta, where owners had hoped to have a collective bargaining agreement completed for owners to owners to vote. The players will also need to vote on an agreement before it can be ratified, which explains why the player reps from the 32 teams will be educated on the contents of the CBA. Those reps will then pass information along to their teammates before a vote takes place.