NFL, players agree to 7-day extension on CBA
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The NFL and its players are still talking. Soon they'll need to start agreeing.
While failing to reach a deal that would keep labor peace intact for the nation's most popular sports league, the NFL and the players' union agreed Friday on a seven-day extension for their collective bargaining agreement.
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It was the second time they had stopped the CBA from running out, though the two sides do not appear to be close to a new pact.
"We're obviously having a lot of dialogue," Commissioner Roger Goodell said Friday after a federal mediator announced the seven-day reprieve. "We met for a lot of days. And we are going to meet for more."
The CBA was set to run out on Thursday before a 24-hour extension was granted. Under the new arrangement, talks will resume Monday and the old deal will expire at the end of next Friday.
"We've got very serious issues," NFL lead negotiator Jeff Pash said. "We've got significant differences."
NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith noted both sides had committed to giving the talks a chance to move ahead. "We look forward to a deal coming out of that," he said.
That deal still could be a long way off. If the CBA expires the owners could lock out the players, and the union could decertify to try and prevent that through the courts - something the NFLPA did in 1989.
"Talking is better than litigating," Goodell said.
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