Football: Talks continue as deadline nears

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By Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was among a half-dozen team representatives who joined NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell at labor negotiations Thursday.
New York Giants owner John Mara, Kansas City Chiefs owner Clark Hunt, Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney II, Philadelphia Eagles president Joe Banner and Washington Redskins general manager Bruce Allen also attended the session.
The twice-extended collective bargaining agreement is due to expire Friday.
NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith was accompanied by several current and former players, as well as outside counsel Jeffrey Kessler who is making his first appearance at the mediator’s office this week.
On Wednesday, the NFL Players Association insisted that the owners’ willingness to reduce the amount of extra money they want up front — from $1 billion to $800 million — isn’t a sufficient drop. And the financial data the league is willing to reveal isn’t what the union seeks.