Lawyers address details, language issues in labor talks |

NEW YORK — The legal teams and staffs for NFL owners and players went through their second consecutive day of meetings in Manhattan, slogging through the details and language of a potential agreement to expedite the process if and when a settlement is reached.

The lawyers worked on language in more than a half-dozen areas Tuesday, then plowed ahead into Wednesday, as part of the normal process of drafting. Among those participating were outside counsel Bob Batterman and senior vice president of law and labor policy Adolpho Birch for the NFL, and NFL Players Association outside counsel Jeffrey Kessler and general counsel Richard Berthelsen for the players.

The “guts” of the major issues in this case, most notably the revenue split, will be handled by owners and players, as well as NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith, who are scheduled to arrive Thursday. U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan, described by one source as a “rock” for the parties in this process, also will re-join talks then.

Last week, the parties closed meetings in Minneapolis having made major progress on the revenue split, and the focus will shift this week to smaller but still significant issues that flow into that larger one.

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