NFL owners, players end secret meeting — 4:02 p.m.
The NFL and its players completed three straight days of not-so-secret ”confidential settlement discussions” on Thursday and now head to an appeals court in St. Louis.
Commissioner Roger Goodell and several owners were joined by NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith and a group of players before a U.S. magistrate judge. Both sides then issued statements saying they were ”engaged in confidential discussions” before Chief Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan and were ordered to maintain confidentiality.
The 8th U.S. District Court then canceled mediation sessions scheduled for next Tuesday and Wednesday in Minneapolis.
Two people with knowledge of the talks told The Associated Press the sessions from Tuesday and Wednesday resumed Thursday morning near Chicago. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the meetings were supposed to be secret. Another person said they ended at about midday. | Full story
One week after meeting officially in Indianapolis, several high-powered NFL owners appear to be going into stealth mode.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, New England Patriots honcho Robert Kraft and Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson apparently had a clandestine meeting in the Chicago area, the Chicago Tribune reported on its website Wednesday, citing anonymous sources. The Tribune also reported that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell also was among the group that flew in and out of DuPage Airport, a small airfield that handles primarily private jets.
Jags’ coaches had ‘no knowledge’ of NFLCA filing — 4:28 p.m.
The Jacksonville Jaguars coaching staff distanced itself Wednesday from a court brief filed last week by the NFL Coaches Association.
Coach Jack Del Rio said his staff had no knowledge of the statement, which supported the players in the NFL’s labor dispute. | Full story
NFLPA to stage rookie educational program — 2:35 p.m.
The NFL Players Association will stage a two-day educational program for rookies at the end of June and cover all costs.
One week after the league canceled its annual rookie symposium because of the owners’ lockout of the players, the NFLPA has set up what it calls ”The Business of Football, Rookie Edition” for Washington on June 28-29. Every drafted rookie – all 254 of them – is invited.
”We’re doing this because it’s the right thing to do,” NFLPA spokesman George Atallah said.
The forum will cover financial education and planning, proper behavior on and off the field, and other information to prepare rookies for a future in the NFL. Full story