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Art Rooney among the four owners that will attend mediation

NFL Contract Talks Continue As Deadline Approaches

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 11: Pittsburgh Steelers president Art Rooney II arrives for labor talks at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service building March 11, 2011 in Washington, DC. Representatives from the National Football League (NFL) and National Football League Players’ Association (NFLPA) continue to negotiate a labor dispute as a deadline looms at the end of a 7 day extension of talks. (Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images)

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said last week that four owners would represent the league at mediation starting Monday.

We’ve got the lineup, courtesy of Albert Breer of NFL Network and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Steeler owner Art Rooney II, Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, Bengals owner Mike Brown, and John Mara of the Giants will be in attendance.

So we have two of the owners best suited to think big picture (Rooney and Mara), and two of the owners known as hard-line in labor matters. (Brown and Richardson.)

No one expects much progress to be made in mediation while players and owners are doing battle in court.

Give us a pleasant surprise for the first time this offseason, NFL. Please.