While yesterday’s pre-planned NFL meetings for owners in Chicago was more of a time for questions to be asked on the progress made so far and owners to voice their opinions – as well as, possibly, a framework for what promises to be a madcap 2011 free agency period – there were no actual labor negotiations.
But starting today, there will be another two-day set of face-to-face sessions between members of the NFL’s Labor Committee and the NFLPA’s Executive Committee, and reportedly they’ll be held in the Boston area.
Where exactly that is will likely remain a mystery: over the last three weeks, the two sides have met for two-day sessions but the locales were never more specific than suburban Chicago, Long Island or the Maryland shore. So where the high-powered group is today and tomorrow isn’t known currently and may never be made public, and the two sides are keeping things quiet for a reason.
After yesterday’s owners meeting in Chicago optimism remains that the labor impasse is nearing a conclusion. Patriots owner Robert Kraft was quoted yesterday evening as saying there’s still work to be done and there’s no date yet for the owners to hold a vote on a new deal, but reports are still targeting July 15 as the day free agency will open and the league will resume business.