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NFL, NFLPA Negotiations Go Old School With Hunt, Mara And Rooney

The negotiations for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NFL owners and NFL Players Association continues and on Wednesday there will be a bit of an old-school feel. Once again, Kansas City Chiefs' Clark Hunt and New York Giants' John Mara will be in the room.

They'll be joined by another man whose last name also conjures up memories of old-school football -- Art Rooney II.

We're not sure if the presence of these men will make a difference but we're hoping it does. Guys like Hunt and Rooney are known for operating with the league's best interests in mind, as Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk wrote this morning.

Things don't look particularly optimistic at the moment, but that was often the case when a previous generation of Rooneys, Hunts, and Maras were in the room with a deadline approaching. They always found a way.

If a deal can be struck this week, I can imagine one of the story lines turning into the old school influence these negotiations had.

We've got less than 72 hours until the deal expires. Let's hope this makes a difference.