Labor Talks Between NFL and Players’ Union Continue

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WASHINGTON, D.C.  – The NFL and its players’ union have begun Day
5 of negotiations with a federal mediator.

NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith
arrived at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service in
Washington, D.C.., shortly before 10 a.m. Tuesday, accompanied by
Bears linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer, Ravens cornerback Domonique
Foxworth and ex-player Sean Morey.

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Commissioner Roger Goodell walked in by himself about 40 minutes
earlier.

Representatives of both sides filtered in during the morning,
set to resume talks after more than 25 hours of meetings over the
previous four days.

The two sides are working to avoid a work stoppage that could
begin when the NFL’s labor deal expires at the end of the day March
3.