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Labor talks in Boston area conclude

NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith speaks

NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith speaks as he and a group of player representatives arrive for labor talks in Washington Friday. (Mar. 11, 2011) Credit: Getty Images

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith were among the key figures who met for a second straight day in the Boston area Thursday, once again trying to hammer out a new collective bargaining agreement. 

The duo were joined by players Tony Richardson, Domonique Foxworth, and Jeff Saturday. Giants owner John Mara was among the owners present, along with Jerry Richardson, Clark Hunt, Robert Kraft, John Mara, and Dean Spanos.

The talks took place at Nantasket Beach Resort in Hull, Mass.

"Obviously we’re all working hard," Goodell told reporters afterward. "The players and owners were here over the last two days. De and I were here for the entire meetings also. And it’s complicated and it’s complex, but we’re working hard and we understand the fans’ frustration. But I think both of us feel strongly that we’re going to continue to work hard at it.”

So, is Smith optimistic about a new deal getting worked out soon?

"I think we’re both optimistic when we have the right people in the room," he said. "We know we’re talking about the right issues and that we’re working hard to get it done. It is extremely complicated, it requires a lot of hard work by a lot of people, but we’re committed to getting something done and we’re going to keep working at it.

"We’re working hard. We understand the fans’ frustration; I know our players’ frustration. We’re going to keep working hard and try to make sure we get a deal done.”

Goodell and Smith shook hands following their remarks, and the two sides are reportedly expected to meet face-to-face again next week at an undisclosed location.

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