- Associated Press - Thursday, June 23, 2011

NFL owners and players are meeting for the second straight day in the Boston area as they attempt to close in on a new collective bargaining agreement.

A person with knowledge of the talks told The Associated Press that the meetings, which began Wednesday, have stretched into Thursday.

Among those in attendance are Commissioner Roger Goodell and members of his labor committee, and players association chief DeMaurice Smith and several players.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the negotiations are confidential.

The two sides have exchanged proposals on a variety of issues after meetings over the last three weeks. The main topic has been how to divide revenues _ $9.3 billion last year _ and league owners were briefed this week on a plan that would give the players just under 50 percent of total income. An off-the-top expense credit of about $1 billion that went to the owners would be eliminated.

Also being discussed are a rookie wage scale and a more specific breakdown of benefits for retired players.

A lengthy new CBA _ between six and eight years, for example _ would enable the league to turn to its broadcast partners and negotiate more lucrative contracts.

One item that has the players’ support is a salary floor keeping teams within 90 percent of the cap. Recently, particularly in 2010 when there was no cap, several teams whose revenue streams don’t match up with the richer clubs did not spend anywhere near what those teams did.

The proposal would require the full salary cap spending to be in cash.

“Through our player reps, things sound really good,” Rams wide receiver Mark Clayton said. “From the players’ perspective, we’re kind of set with what we want.

“We pretty much agreed to what our (players association) was fighting for on our behalf. It sounds like a lot of what we asked for, apart from the finances, they’ve been able to agree upon. At that point, we’re just kind of waiting to get the final say-so and just roll it out …”


AP Sports Writer Jeff Latzke in Norman, Okla., contributed to this report.

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