Secret meetings near Chicago about NFL lockout

June 3, 2011

(WBEZ/file)
The NFL and its owners and players still seem down for the count in negotiating an end to the lockout.

The fight between the NFL and the player's union heads to a federal court in St. Louis on Friday. League officials, owners and players concluded three days of secret talks near Chicago Thursday. But information is trickling out.

An anonymous source tells The Associated Press various issues were on the table but to "characterize it as progress might not be accurate."

The dispute continues to be about finding a way to split up the NFL revenue between players, owners and the league.  These secret meetings may be signs of a new collective bargaining agreement that could end the nearly three month lockout.  

On Friday, the NFL and its players head to the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis for a hearing.  If a ruling comes and the NFL wins, the lockout will continue and pressure will be on the players. That could jeopardize the start of this year's football season. If the players win, the lockout will end but the litigation won't.