As expected on Monday, Judge Susan Richard Nelson ordered the NFL and the NFLPA to return to mediation. Players’ representatives will meet with Chief Magistrate Arthur Boylan, the man appointed by Nelson to mediate the second round of mediation, on Tuesday in his chambers in the Minneapolis Federal Courthouse.
Owners representatives will then meet with Boylan on Wednesday, before both sides meet face to face on Thursday.
This latest round of negotiations represent the first time the two sides will meet since talks broke down on March 11, shortly after which the union decertified and the lockout went into effect. Those talks were mediated by George Cohen and were held in Washington DC.
Owners wanted the second round of mediation to remain in DC, but Judge Nelson sided with the players, who wanted Minnesota to serve as the site of further negotiation. Nelson said recently that it would likely be a couple weeks before she makes a decision on the legality of the NFL imposing a lockout after the union decertified.
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