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Bargaining session scheduled for Super Bowl eve

By Mark Maske

DALLAS--Representatives of the NFL's franchise owners and the players' union will formally resume their labor negotiations with a bargaining session scheduled for Saturday in the Dallas area on the eve of the Super Bowl, the two sides announced Monday.

Word of a new round of formal bargaining came after a meeting Monday in New York between NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association.

The league and union issued a joint written statement that said: "NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith and Commissioner Roger Goodell met today in New York to discuss a range of issues related to a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. As part of a process to intensify negotiations, they agreed to hold a formal bargaining session with both negotiating teams on Saturday in the Dallas area. They also agreed to a series of meetings over the next few weeks, both formal bargaining sessions and smaller group meetings, in an effort to reach a new agreement by early March."

The current labor deal between the owners and players expires in March. Players and union officials have said they expect the owners to lock out the players after the current agreement expires.

The two sides have said the last full bargaining session came before Thanksgiving, although they have remained in contact through less formal channels.

By Mark Maske  |  January 31, 2011; 8:06 PM ET  | Category:  League , Union Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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