NFL, union finish session with mediator

Updated: February 19, 2011, 7:21 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

WASHINGTON -- NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and union head DeMaurice Smith met in front of a federal mediator for about six hours Friday, a bid to jump-start contentious and slow-moving labor negotiations two weeks before owners could lock out players and threaten the 2011 season.

Friday's session was the sides' first with George Cohen, the director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, a U.S. government agency.

More than two hours after Goodell and Smith arrived separately, ...

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