NFL, union taking weekend break from mediation

NFL players association members including New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, second from right, arrive for football labor negotiations with the NFL involving a federal mediator in Washington Thursday, March 3, 2011. The NFL and the players' union sat down Thursday morning for a last-ditch effort to avoid a work stoppage in America's most popular sport. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

March 5, 2011 5:27:54 PM PST
Those optimistic about the NFL's labor talks with the players' union will point to the sides' decision to push back the bargaining deadline by a week and think, as Commissioner Roger Goodell put it: "The fact that we're continuing this dialogue is a positive sign."