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NFL Lockout: 'Complicated' Labor Talks Adjourn, Sides 'Optimistic' Deal Will Be Reached

The labor talks between the NFL owners and the NFL Players Association adjourned late Thursday afternoon in Hull, Massachusetts without a deal in place.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith addressed the media outside Nantasket Beach Resort late Thursday.  Goodell believes the talks are progressing, but classifies them as “complicated” and “complex”.

“Obviously, we’re all working hard. The players and owners were here over the last two days. De and I were here the entire meetings. And it’s complicated, it’s complex, and we’re working hard. We understand the fans’ frustration, but both of us are continuing to work hard at it.” (via Pro Football Weekly)

Smith also believes that the talks have become complicated, however he remains optimistic that a deal will soon be reached.

“Someone asked me whether I was optimistic. I think we’re both optimistic when we have the right people in the room. We know we’re talking about the right issues. And we’re working hard to get it done. It’s extremely complicated, it requires a lot of hard work by all the people, but we’re going to keep working at it.” (via Pro Football Weekly)

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