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Mediation ends for now, resumes March 1

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Concudan, Feb 24, 2011.

  1. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    Posted by Mike Florio on February 24, 2011, 1:12 PM EST


    Moments before Thursday’s live portion of ProFootballTalk Live went live, word emerged that the seven-day mediation between the NFL and the players’ union has ended.

    The news isn’t as good as we’d hoped.

    “Some progress was made, but very strong differences remain on the all-important core issues that separate the parties,” mediator George Cohen said in a statement released by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

    In other words, pack a lunch. And another lunch. And a few more.

    The mediation will resume Tuesday, March 1 — five days from now and less than three days before the current labor deal expires.

    So if “some progress was made” in seven straight days of talks, how can the “very strong differences [that] remain” be resolved in only three more days of talks? It most likely won’t happen.

    The best hope for avoiding a lockout comes from the possibility that enough progress will be made on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of next week to prompt the two sides to extend the deadline for the expiration of the deal. Cohen, for instance, may be able to talk them into bumping the date back by a week. Or maybe two. If significant progress is made, another extension could arise.

    Then, the talks would continue, hopefully without another four-day break, as the parties move toward an agreement or impasse.

    With the process over for now, the commitment to silence continues. The challenge for both sides will be to find a way to comply while at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, both in any meetings that occur or in any casual hallway conversations. Everyone likes to tell at least one other person a secret in confidence, and once a member of the media is the person to whom a CBA secret is told, the secret inevitably will be published.

    In his statement, Cohen said that the parties demonstrated “mutual respect,” a quality that reportedly had been missing from past meeting. He also said that the parties met in committees and subcommittees, with “discrete, technical issues” relegated to the smaller groups.

    A day after the mediation resumes, owners will commence two days of meetings in the Washington area. The presence of the owners in the immediate vicinity of the mediation could result in one or more of them attending the upcoming sessions.

    The first order of business next week will be to re-establish the mood of progress and cooperation after the parties have had four full days to reflect on their positions, and possibly to harden them.
     
  2. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    MARCH 1!

    MARCH 1!

    The leaves only 3 days to work this out... Whisky Tango Foxtrot over!
     
  3. Carlsbad_Bolt_Fan

    Carlsbad_Bolt_Fan Well-Known Member

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    The more I hear about this, the less optimistic I get.
     
  4. AnteaterCharger

    AnteaterCharger Calibrating Bolttalk, Podcast by Podcast Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    In negotiations there is a certain point where you cease being productive or make progress and instead just spin your wheels. At that time things improve when your given a break and able to come back fresh. 40+ hours of negotiating, they do need a break legitimately after that.
    Also at 530pm Indianapolis time, the NFL is meeting with a player rep, the GM and the head of scouting for each team and releasing a new schedule to determine a period for a draft 'mini camp', period to sign draft picks and UDFAs, etc.
     
  5. RM24

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    Get ready for the RE-CHARGERS once again! Woohoo!!! (brought back from the 80's) :mad:
     
  6. SDRaiderH8er

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    you can watch that crap. I did it once, I will not do it again.
     

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