- Associated Press - Thursday, February 17, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL and players’ union have agreed to mediation in their labor negotiations.

The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service will oversee negotiations in Washington beginning Friday.

FMCS director George H. Cohen says, “Due to the extreme sensitivity of these negotiations … the agency will refrain from any public comment concerning the future schedule and/or the status of those negotiations until further notice.”

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello tells The Associated Press in an e-mail Thursday that “We are now in mediation.”

The collective bargaining agreement between the league and the players expires March 3.

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