MINNEAPOLIS - For NFL owners and players, it's time to talk again.
Key leaders on each side along with their legal teams were scheduled to reconvene court-ordered mediation on Monday morning before U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan in Minneapolis. Boylan presided over four full days of intense closed-door sessions last month.
Since then, another judge ordered the lockout lifted because it's damaging the players and their careers. Days later, an appeals court put a temporary stay on that ruling to keep the work stoppage in place for now.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has continually spread the league's message of desiring these face-to-face discussions to reach a deal. The players filed an antitrust lawsuit in federal court and have historically fared better there.