Five days after the NFL’s player reps and owners began the second round of federal mediation under US Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan, Jerry Jones is set to rejoin the discussion.
Jones was not present in Minneapolis last week, when Boylan met with players reps and owners separately, last Tuesday and Wednesday respectively, nor was he in attendance when the two sides sat down face to face--for the first time since talks broke down on March 11--last Thursday.
As the second round of talks begin once more after a three day respite today, Jerry joins a number of representatives from the owners’ side, including Commissioner Roger Goodell, Broncos’ owner Pat Bowlen and Green Bay Packers’ CEO Mark Murphy. NFLPA President DeMaurice Smith, meanwhile, will miss today’s session as he tends to a family emergency.
Judge Susan Richard Nelson’s decision on the players’ request that the lockout be lifted is expected sometime this week.
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