The NFL has made thigh and knee pads mandatory equipment for the 2013 season, something the players’ union could oppose because the move was not collectively bargained.
With a dispute under way over the player suspensions handed out in the Saints’ bounty case, NFL owners will meet in Atlanta on Tuesday.
NFL owners have ratified the agreement between the league and players’ union that takes away $36 million in salary cap space from the Redskins and $10 million from the Cowboys.
Two people familiar with the talks told The Associated Press on Friday that the sides will resume negotiations early next week at an undisclosed site. The lockout is deep into its fourth month, and this will be the fifth set of “secret” meetings.
With the lockout in its fourth month, representatives from all 32 teams are being updated by Commissioner Roger Goodell and his negotiating committee.
A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis is hearing arguments on whether the three-month lockout is legal.
NFL owners have approved rules amendments for player safety that include eliminating a player launching himself into a defenseless opponent.
Usually, it’s a time for discussing Super Bowl sites and rules changes. This year, the 32 owners primarily will talk strategy for this summer as the labor impasse goes through court proceedings.
The union accused the league of putting together contracts that ensure the owners would get money from networks even if there was a lockout in 2011.