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Mediation 2.0: NFL, players at negotiating table again

MINNEAPOLIS -- The NFL and its locked-out players have resumed mediation.

Commissioner Roger Goodell, Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, Steelers owner Art Rooney and Chiefs owner Clark Hunt were in the league's contingent that arrived at the federal court house in Minneapolis on Thursday.

NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith was joined by lawyers and free-agent linebackers Ben Leber and Mike Vrabel. Hall of Fame defensive end Carl Eller came, too. Eller says he wants the fans to be happy and is hopeful of an agreement.

This is the first meeting between the two sides since March 11, when the old collective bargaining agreement expired, the union dissolved and the lockout began.

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