Hey, it is finally that day we have all been waiting for! Mediation is back! Woohoo! The NFL and decertified NFLPA will meet in front of Judge Arthur Boylan, and while any negotiating sessions could theoretically help lead to an agreement between the two sides, we will not hold our breath until there is a ruling from Judge David Doty in the lockout damages case and/or a ruling from the 8th Circuit on the enjoined lockout. But still, yay mediation!
Mediation resumes… Don’t get your hopes up. Only a couple days of talks are scheduled, and both sides are certainly fulfilling a court-ordered obligation to meet. Otherwise, they’d be waiting idly on court rulings, just like the rest of us. Any meeting might produce a sliver of hope if one side shows signs of caving, but we don’t see any way the sides don’t wait for a court ruling from the 8th Circuit to make any sort of moves. In the meantime, Patriot owner Robert Kraft, maybe the most moderate voice in this whole mess, offers some words of warning to both the owners and players. We believe the fans are already angry enough, but Kraft is right: if a deal [...]
Mediation resumed in Minnesota on Thursday, and for once, it appears as if both sides of the table plan on honoring the gag order put in place. So while it appears there is a long way to go toward a new deal, the two sides are at least talking (even if it was forced). Why do I feel as if I’ve written this intro too many times before?
NFL, NFLPA meet under auspices of Judge Boylan… Mediation between both sides of the Brady v. NFL lawsuit were forced to meet on Thursday at the order of Judge Susan Nelson, who is still waiting to issue her ruling on the NFLPA’s request for an injunction against the NFL lockout. This time, the mediation (including several NFL owners) took place in the court of Judge Arthur Boylan, who has extensive mediation experience and, unlike George Cohen, has the power to report any wrongdoing in the sessions directly to Judge Nelson. That will certainly keep either side – especially the owners, we think – from trying to be overtly unreasonable in the sessions. The good news is that we do know, simply because intrepid reporters waited outside Judge Boylan’s chambers in Minneapolis, that the [...]
The NFL and its players are back together in mediation today, meaning we are returning to days of endless speculation and hoping that everyone actually comes to their senses. Courtroom football is back, and we know everyone must be thrilled.
Mediation is back! … After two days of meeting with the NFL and the players separately, everyone will be back under one roof today, under the supervision of Judge Arthur Boylan in Minneapolis. We can only hope that mediation is more thrilling this time around after weeks of reporters standing outside in Washington with little to show for it back in March. Judge Susan Nelson has insisted that decision-makers are present at the mediation sessions, so big guns such as Roger Goodell, Patriots owner Robert Kraft, and Steelers owner Art Rooney are there today. We likely won’t be getting many details from the sessions with the vow of silence, but we’ll keep hoping that progress is made. As for what to expect, the National Football Post’s Andrew Brandt points out that, ideally, the two sides use mediation as a lifeline before Nelson comes down with an unfavorable ruling against one of them. Of course, mediation has gotten us nowhere before, so [...]
The news cycle has really slowed down since free agency cannot yet begin and the draft is still two weeks away. Once either of those things happen, we will finally be able to assess actual football teams. Until then, we have to speculate on mediation and courts and whatnot, and yeah, it still sucks to do that. Oh well.
Judge Nelson appoints Judge Arthur Boylan to mediate talks… The NFL and decertified NFLPA are meeting in a Minneapolis court in mediated settlement settings this week, as ordered by Judge Susan Nelson, who is overseeing the Brady v. NFL case. Nelson is expected to take another week or so to issue her ruling on the NFLPA’s request to block the NFL’s lockout, and in the meantime she ordered the two sides into Judge Boylan’s court for mediated sessions. She also issued a strict gag order; you might remember federal mediator George Cohen doing the same, but there is a difference. As an appointee of Judge Nelson’s court, Judge Boylan actually holds authority over these sessions. If, in Judge Boylan’s opinion, either side is being unreasonable or difficult without cause, he can report to Judge Nelson. It’s possible, then, that Judge Nelson could [...]