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Negotiations resume in Minnesota

Jeff Saturday

Jeff Saturday, center for the Indianapolis Colts, leaves after football labor negotiations with the NFL involving a federal mediator in Washington Thursday, March 3, 2011.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)


We noted on Monday that with players meeting with their lawyers in Minnesota, it would make sense for the next round of meetings between the league and the players to occur there as well.

And now we know that is, in fact, what’s happening.

Jason La Canfora of NFL Network reports that both sides are meeting in Minnesota, home to Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan, who is overseeing the talks. Those involved include NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, NFLPA* Executive Director DeMaurice Smith, Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, Giants owner John Mara, Patriots owner Robert Kraft, Jets fullback Tony Richardson, Ravens cornerback Domonique Foxworth and Colts center Jeff Saturday.

This is the fifth round of negotiations, which have previously taken place in Illinois, New York, Maryland and Massachusetts. La Canfora writes that talks are expected to continue into next month. We’d be happy to hear Boylan tell both sides to stay in Minnesota until they’ve reached a deal.