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NFL/Player labor meetings move to Boston area

Posted by Shalise Manza Young, Globe Staff  June 22, 2011 10:59 AM

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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.

News, analysis and commentary from Boston.com's staff writers and contributors, including Zuri Berry and Erik Frenz.

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