Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones, along with Patriots owner Robert Kraft and the executive board of the NFL Players’ Association are meeting in Manhattan today to discuss the ongoing labor negotiations and, hopefully, work toward a new collective bargaining agreement, bringing an end to the longest work stoppage in league history.
The meetings between the two sides come after two days of lawyer-only sessions, and represent the continuation of the summer-long negotiations tour that has made stops already in Minneapolis, St. Louis and Chicago. NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith and Roger Goodell are set to join the meeting later on.
If there wasn’t a sense of urgency for the two sides before, we’d imagine there must be now. One source close to the situation said that, in his estimation, the deadline for a deal to get done in order for training camps and preseasons to go uninterrupted was July 14--a week from today. A month from today is the first game of the preseason schedule, coinciding with Hall of Fame weekend in Canton.
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