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Labor negotiations taking place in Maryland Tuesday and Wednesday

DeMaurice Smith

DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association, leaves the federal courthouse Friday, June 3, 2011, in St. Louis. A three-judge panel from the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals is hearing arguments by the NFL and its players association on the legality of a nearly three-month lockout by the league. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)


The latest round of not-so-secret meetings between the NFL and NFLPA* are taking place on the Maryland shore near Washington D.C. on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The two sides have seemingly given up the premise of keeping it completely confidential, because a number of national reporters all received this news around the same time, with ESPN’s Chris Mortensen starting the fun. Mort says the two sides are in “deal-making mode.”

Albert Breer of NFL Network let us know the meetings are taking place somewhere along the Maryland shore. The meetings are expected to last two days, which is similar to the setup for the setup the two sides have used the last two weeks.

We knew these meetings would take place, so the only news here is really the location and duration of the talks. The meetings should give the owners plenty to discuss next week when they meet in Chicago.