The first day of court-ordered mediation began Thursday in the Minneapolis
chambers of Judge Arthur J. Boylan with attorneys, the commissioner, four owners
and two players present.

As NFL general counsel Jeff Pash entered the courthouse, he said, "The only
way we're going to get this whole set of issues resolved is by negotiating."

On the league side, in addition to Pash and commissioner Roger Goodell,
were owners Robert Kraft of the New England Patriots, Jerry Richardson of the
Carolina Panthers, Art Rooney II of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Clark Hunt of
the Kansas City Chiefs. Representing the Atlanta Falcons' ownership was club
president Rich McKay.

Kraft missed the NFL meetings in New Orleans last month because of a family
medical problem and also was absent from the final days of the first round of
mediation because he was in Israel.

Representing the Brady plaintiffs were NFLPA executive director and
attorney DeMaurice Smith, attorney Jeffrey Kessler and two of the named
plaintiffs, Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Mike Vrabel and Minnesota Vikings
linebacker Ben Leber.

In addition, present for the retired players' action was plaintiff Carl
Eller and attorney Michael Hausfeld.