NFL, refs far apart
NEW YORK – The NFL and its locked-out officials met the past two days, but a person familiar with the negotiations said Friday the sides remain far apart and no further talks are scheduled.
The person said in an email to The Associated Press that there are “significant and serious economic gaps.” The person requested anonymity in characterizing the negotiations because they are intended to remain private.
Michael Arnold, counsel and lead negotiator for NFL Referees Association, acknowledged the discussions, saying his group reached out to the league last week and the NFL agreed to meet. He said there may be additional talks, but it is “not appropriate” to comment on specific issues.
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