Attorneys for the NFL Players Association and attorneys for the NFL are set to meet in Manhattan to finalize a deal to prevent the NFL from canceling its 2011-2012 season and to get players back on the field. U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan will oversee the talks that have been part of the ongoing efforts to end the first work stoppage since 1987.
NFL team owners have a meeting set for Thursday to finalize a deal and ratify it. The next step would be for it to be approved by players representing an anti-trust suit and representatives of the NFLPA’s 32 teams.
Players and ticket owners are looking to pass a deal in time for training camp so that the season can begin without any delay. The first scheduled game is on August 7th between the St. Louis Rams and the Chicago Bears.