NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith and company met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in the Boston area on Wednesday in what was described by a source close to the situation as a “very fruitful” exchange of information, the beginning of a series of meetings between representatives from the two sides.
Much of Goodell’s message to Smith and others from the players’ side concerned the owners’ reaction, in Chicago earlier this week, to the collective bargaining agreement that is currently on the table. According to the source, the Boston-area meetings will likely continue until a deal is agreed upon.
"We are headed in the right direction," the source said, per ESPN. "There is a desire on both sides to reach an agreement sooner rather than later."
The owners spent the earlier portion of the week in Chicago debating a number of labor and revenue sharing issues. Thursday marks the 100th day of the lockout, the longest work stoppage in the history of the league.
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