Sunday, February 20, 2011

NFL 'Mediation' Won't Work Unless Attitudes Change

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NFL owners like Jerry Richardson of the Panthers may not be as eager for a new CBA as you are.Call me a Scrooge, but I'm not buying this mediation thing. It's nice that the NFL and the NFLPA have agreed to meet in the presence of a federal mediator -- it might prompt them to be more polite to each other than they've been so far. But I don't think it's going to make any actual difference or lead them to a new collective bargaining agreement.

And the fact that they've supposedly agreed to seven straight days of negotiations? Please. They agreed to two straight days of negotiations last week and couldn't get through one without one side (the owners) storming out.

All of this is talk and posturing, most of it's baloney, and none of it is going to help prevent a March 4 lockout. The only way that will happen is if both sides share the same goal. And right now, they don't.


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