MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MAY 17: NFL lawyer Jeff Pash (L), NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Art Rooney II (R), president of the Pittsburgh Steelers arrive for court ordered mediation at the U.S. Courthouse on May 17, 2011 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As the NFL lockout remains in place mediation was ordered after a hearing on an antitrust lawsuit filed by NFL players against the NFL owners after labor talks between the two broke down in March. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
The NFL and its players are making progress on a deal to restart pro football and save the 2011 season.
At the end of three long days at the negotiating table, the league and the players' association issued a joint statement Friday saying, "The discussions this week have been constructive and progress has been made on a wide range of issues."
The sides' legal and financial teams will continue to work over the weekend, and NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith says he and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will talk or meet again in the next couple of days.
The two sides are scheduled to head to Minneapolis early next week, where they will meet with mediator and U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan.
After a four-month lockout, the players and owners moved ahead this week on issues including rookie contracts and a salary cap.