NFL labor talks break off for weekend

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, Last Updated: 2:33 PM ET

 The NFL lockout will apparently continue through the July 4 holiday weekend, as four straight days of talks between the league and the decertified players union ended Friday.

After a 15-hour session on Thursday, the NFL Network cited sources as saying that the two sides moved closer to an agreement on the split of revenues.

A brief meeting was held Friday, again under the watch of court-appointed mediator Judge Arthur Boylan in Minnesota, and the NFL Network has reported that discussions are expected to resume next week in New York.

Although numerous reports throughout the past couple of weeks have indicated that progress is being made during these "secret" negotiations, both sides have been quiet about specific details because the talks are supposed to remain confidential.

There appears to be some urgency on both sides with training camps set to open in late July.

While the talks continue, both sides are still awaiting a decision from the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals on the legality of the lockout, which began March 12 after talks toward a new collective bargaining agreement broke down and the players' association decertified.

Players filed suit against the NFL and all 32 of its teams, and a judge in Minneapolis ruled against the owners and lifted the lockout in late April. That led to an appeal by owners and a permanent stay of the lower court's order by the Eighth Circuit in May, which reinstated the lockout.


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