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Owners' bargaining committee met Friday

By Mark Maske

INDIANAPOLIS--Owners on the NFL's bargaining committee met Friday in the Indianapolis area with league negotiators to discuss the ongoing labor talks with the players' union.

The meeting took place at the Indianapolis Colts' offices.

No owners participated in the recent bargaining sessions with the union in D.C. that were under the supervision of federal mediator George H. Cohen. Negotiators for the league and union met with Cohen at the offices of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service for seven straight days, concluding Thursday.

The league's negotiating team at those meetings included NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, top league negotiator Jeff Pash and outside attorney Bob Batterman. The owners on the bargaining committee were updated regularly on developments in the mediated negotiations.

Cohen announced Thursday that some progress had been made but strong differences remained between the league and union on core issues. The talks are scheduled to resume Tuesday in Cohen's office.

Cohen said in a written statement Thursday that he'd asked the two sides to reconsider their bargaining positions on the core issues before negotiations resume.

The full ownership group is to meet Wednesday and Thursday near Dulles Airport. The current labor deal between the league and union expires Friday.

By Mark Maske  |  February 26, 2011; 3:27 PM ET  | Category:  League Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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