Thursday Afternoon Labor Update

The NFL and NFL Players Association continued their negotiations through lunch time in Washington, D.C. That’s a good sign, as they sent out for food, rather than breaking for both sides to leave the building.

It would seem the timetable likely calls for a break later in the afternoon. That’s when the union would need time to file in court for decertification. Or, the parties could both file with Judge David Doty in Minneapolis for a continuation of the agreement. That would extend the current agreement between players and the league for a specific period of time to allow negotiations to continue. That’s what happened in 2006 when the parties couldn’t meet a deadline, but got a deal done within a few days.

A league source told NFL.com that the league was prepared to reveal more financial data during Thursday’s meeting. The union has been demanding more information on league income and expenses.

Representing the NFL on Thursday were Commissioner Roger Goodell, lead negotiator Jeff Pash, lawyer Bob Batterman, New York Giants co-owner John Mara, Green Bay president Mark Murphy and Washington GM Bruce Allen, along with other NFL executives.

Joining the NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith were a handful of union officials and lawyers, along with players including Chiefs G Brian Waters and New Orleans QB Drew Brees, Indianapolis C Jeff Saturday, Pittsburgh QB Charlie Batch, N.Y. Jets FB Tony Richardson and Baltimore CB Domonique Foxworth.

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