Goodell Not Expecting To Resume Talks Until After Judge’s Ruling
NEW YORK (KDKA/AP) – Talks between the NFL and the NFLPA “Trade Association” are not expected to resume until after a judge rules on the players’ lawsuit to stop the lockout, according to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Goodell said there has been no dialogue between the two sides since mediated talks collapsed last Friday.
“I think we’re in a period where litigation and the litigation strategy is ongoing. That will have to play out for the next couple weeks,” he said.
“For us to go back to mediation, you call me and we’ll be there,” Goodell said. “Any contact with the trade association or any discussion, for lack of better phrase, about trying to put this genie back in the bottle? There’s, unfortunately, been very limited contact.”
Goodell told the NFL Network on Tuesday, the owners gave the union more financial information than ever before. Including information not made available to the teams and five years worth of the audited financial data.
Steelers player rep, Ryan Clark disagrees with the commissioner. Appearing on the FAN Morning Show, Clark said, the owners gave the union a single sheet of paper with a number on it for each team.
In the end, DeMaurice Smith and the players rejected the data, saying it was not what they requested and was “utterly meaningless.”