League, union have two-hour labor meeting
By Mark Maske
DALLAS--Representatives of the NFL's franchise owners and players' union resumed their labor negotiations by meeting for about two hours here Saturday on the day before the Super Bowl.
It was the first full bargaining session for the two sides since before Thanksgiving.
The league and union issued a joint written statement that said: "The NFL and NFL Players Association met for two hours today in a continuing effort to narrow the differences and reach a fair agreement that will benefit the players, teams and fans. We plan to increase the number, length and intensity of bargaining sessions so that we can reach agreement before the March 4 expiration of the current CBA."
Further meetings have been arranged in the next week.
Players and union officials have said they expect the players to be locked out by the owners soon after the expiration of the current labor deal.
The players could decertify the union, a move that would enable the players to file an antitrust lawsuit against the owners. Experts have said the decertification of the union by the players potentially could dissuade the owners from locking out the players because a lockout under those circumstances could be cited in any antitrust litigation filed by the players.
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