The NFL labor meetings concluded today outside of Boston.
There are multiple media reports that the talks were fruitful, but that there are still many more miles to travel before a new collective bargaining agreement is reached.
Falcons president Rich McKay left the meeting without commenting, according to a tweet from Mike Giardi of Comcast Sports Net in New England.
#Falcons President Rich McKay blew outta here like his hair was on fire. Suffice to say “no comment” was best he could do.
However, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith stood together and made statements to media.
Commissioner Goodell: “You obviously know we met over the last couple of days. We are under court order as far as what we can discuss so our comments will be brief. But obviously we’re all working hard. The players and owners were here over the last two days. De and I were here for the entire meetings also. And it’s complicated and it’s complex, but we’re working hard and we understand the fans’ frustration. But I think both of us feel strongly that we’re going to continue to work hard at it.”
DeMaurice Smith: “Someone asked me whether I was optimistic. I think we’re both optimistic when we have the right people in the room. We know we’re talking about the right issues and that we’re working hard to get it done. It is extremely complicated, it requires a lot of hard work by a lot of people, but we’re committed to getting something done and we’re going to keep working at it. Just to wrap up: we’re working hard, we understand the fans’ frustration, I know our players’ frustration. We’re going to keep working hard and try to make sure we get a deal done.”
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog