Goodell involved in officials' contract negotiations

The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchangeSeptember 24, 2012


Though no significant progress was made, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was involved in Sunday's contract talks between the league and the NFL Referees Association, ESPN reported Monday.
The negotiations in New York occurred with a federal mediator present, according to Sports Illustrated. Goodell had also reportedly participated in two negotiation sessions last week as well.
Bob Batterman and Jeff Pash, the league's chief negotiators, were joined by Goodell while Scott Green and Mike Arnold represented the NFLRA on Sunday. The meeting took several hours but no agreement was reached on a new collective bargaining agreement for locked-out officials.
No formal talks are scheduled but the league and the officials union are expected to maintain communication with each other.
Officials have been locked out since their contract with the NFL expired in June. The league is using replacement referees, who have faced much criticism over the way games are being officiated.