It seems that the owners and NFL Players’ Association are no longer interested in talking, but the Federal Judge providing over the players’ lawsuit against the league may soon force them to do just that.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Judge Susan Nelson has told the owners and players in the case that she will impose forced mediation as early as this week--this after urging the two sides to continue mediation at a preliminary hearing last Wednesday, in which the players’ association formally requested an injunction to end the lockout.
In a conference call last Friday, the two sides discussed furthering mediation, but, alas, they were unable to come to an agreement on the site of the meetings--the NFL wants to continue in Washington DC, where the original round of mediated talks were held, and the players want to move the talks to Minnesota.
Judge Nelson has said that she will not make a decision as to the legality of a lockout after the decertification of the players’ union for another couple weeks, but that she’d give the sides her recommendation with respect to mediation early this week.
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