NFL talks: Owner, player reps arrive for meetings

July 13, 2011 - 9:14 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — NFL owners and player representatives have arrived at a Manhattan office building for another round of labor talks as the negotiations hit a critical phase.

Deadlines are coming up next week to get training camps and the preseason started on time, but the two sides have not been able to reach a deal on a new collective bargaining agreement. Players now have been locked out for four months.

Among the sticking points in negotiations have been the rookie wage scale and the structure of free agency.

Players' association chief DeMaurice Smith, along with NFL owners Robert Kraft of the Patriots, John Mara of the New York Giants and Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys were seen arriving for the talks Wednesday morning.