Representatives for the NFL and NFL Player’s Association met Wednesday in Chicago to discuss a new collective bargaining agreement, though the meeting didn’t last as long as initially believed.
According to NFL Media, citing unidentified sources, the session initially slated to take place for three days has ended already after just one, but the two sides are scheduled to reconvene July 29.
The report noted those in attendance included NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith, a number of owners from the NFL’s Management Council Executive Committee and a number of players from the NFLPA’s Executive Committee, including Richard Sherman, Russell Okung and Adam Vinatieri.
The NFL and NFLPA bargaining session, originally scheduled for 3 days, is already over. One source described it as “productive.” Now need time to review and regroup. Plan is to resume on July 29.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 17, 2019
Despite the abrupt sitdown, the NFL and NFLPA released a joint statement summarizing the meeting that took place as a “productive” one.
“Today’s meeting was productive, constructive and beneficial for both sides, and the meetings between the NFLPA’s Executive Committee and the NFL’s Management Council Executive Committee will continue,” the statement read.
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— Brian McCarthy (@NFLprguy) July 17, 2019
Goodell confirmed earlier this month that the league would like to have a new CBA in place before the start of the 2019 regular season, which will kick off September 5 when the Bears host the Packers.
It was reported that discussions between the NFL and NFLPA were “set to intensify” this summer, with the meetings scheduled for July 17-19 marking the first time the two sides will engage in talks for three straight days — or so they thought.
The current CBA is set to expire after the 2020 season. While there’s no guarantee an agreement will be reached, both sides are optimistic they can find some middle ground to avoid a work stoppage.