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Goodell: Latest Labor Talks ‘Beneficial’

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Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

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DALLAS (AP) – NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says this weekend’s bargaining session with the players’ union was “beneficial.”

In an interview that aired the morning of the Super Bowl, Goodell called drug testing a key issue in labor talks.

Goodell said “a number of” individual players and owners participated in a two-hour meeting Saturday, the first formal bargaining session since November. The labor deal expires in March. “It’s always a positive when both parties are talking,” he said.

Outlining major sticking points, Goodell talked about revenue division, rookie salaries and benefits for retired players. He added: “We want to continue on with the integrity of the game, which is my No. 1 issue” and spoke of “making sure we have the best drug program in sports.”

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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