NFL Lockout: Mediation Resumes Monday, Owners Sending Four to the Meetings
Mediation Not Expected To Bring Any Progress
Court-ordered mediation between the NFL and the players begins again on Monday. The players will have DeMaurice Smith at the table while the owners are sending four of their own to the talks.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting the Steelers' Art Rooney II, Panthers' Jerry Richardson, Bengals' Mike Brown and Giants' John Mara will represent the owners at the meeting.
Most of these names make sense, except for Brown, who could walk in and demand the players kiss a signet ring and swear fealty to him.
Richardson also is a bit of a question mark as there were reports Richardson was very rude to the players during talks prior to the lockout, but that report has been disputed.
Notable by his absence is Jerry Jones, who carries a lot of weight in the NFL and probably should be present for all of these negotiations.
What is important next week is that both sides take these talks seriously. But for that to happen, they have to throw the lawyers out of the room and just talk business. By letting the lawyers control the proceedings, both sides will be advised to not give anything up and wait for the court decisions.
The problem is, court decisions are arbitrary and most will have the effect of ruining the game as we know it.
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