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While the world was watching President Obama deliver his address to the American people about the ongoing war in Afghanistan, and later were distracted by the unlikely capture of Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger, the NFL and its defunct players union held talks right under our noses at Nantasket Beach Resort in Hull the last two days.
The Herald’s Ian Rappaport shot video outside the hotel as representatives for both sides were leaving, and in the rain, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith stood side-by-side to address the media.
Goodell and Smith said both sides understand the fans’ frustrations, are “working very hard” and know what needs to be done. While we’ve heard all that for the past 100 days of the lockout, it’s pretty encouraging that the two sides are still meeting frequently, even if the sessions are held “in secret.”
The hotel issued a statement about the last few days:
“We were honored to host the NFL owners and players negotiations over the past few days,” GM Jonathan E. Colter said. “We thoroughly enjoyed having them here as guests. They had a great stay with us and hopefully had a productive series of meetings at the resort.”
It’s worth noting that Patriots owner Robert Kraft was also on hand for the talks, as he has been for much of the discussions since the lockout began.