- Associated Press - Thursday, June 2, 2011

The NFL and the players are meeting for a third straight day of mediation.

Commissioner Roger Goodell and several owners are joined by NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith and a group of players before a U.S. magistrate judge.

Two people with knowledge of the talks tell The Associated Press the sessions from Tuesday and Wednesday resumed Thursday morning near Chicago. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the meetings were supposed to be secret.

One person says various issues are being discussed, but “to characterize it as progress might not be accurate.” Judge Arthur Boylan was to resume mediation June 7, but got the sides together early.

A hearing in St. Louis on the NFL’s appeal of a ruling blocking its lockout begins Friday.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and several owners have met the last two days with NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith, a group of players and a U.S. magistrate judge .

A person with knowledge of the talks tells The Associated Press those mediation sessions began Tuesday and ended Wednesday near Chicago. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the meetings were supposed to be secret. The person says various issues were discussed, but “to characterize it as progress might not be accurate.”

Judge Arthur Boylan was scheduled to resume mediation sessions June 7, but got the sides together early.

A court hearing in St. Louis on the NFL’s appeal of a ruling blocking its lockout of the players begins Friday. That ruling was stayed by an appeals panel last month.


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