BUFFALO (WIVB) - Mark Murphy loves coming home to Western New York. When he did on Tuesday, the Green Bay Packers President and CEO brought some good news for football fans. A member of the NFL owner's negotiating committee, the Clarence native says progress is being made towards ending the lockout.
"I think over the last couple of weeks, we're starting to see some progress," Murphy told News 4 Sports after speaking to the Buffalo Niagara Parternership at Shea's Performing Arts Center., "The mood at the table has been much different."
A former NFL player, NFL Players Union vice-president and now an NFL team president, Murphy has been on both sides of the league's labor issues. He says the talks have moved forward since the role of the lawyers has been lessened.
"We've really gone to a situation where we've got the players and the owners involved. and had some productive discussions. We've got some work to do, but we're all hopeful it will eventually lead to a new collective bargaining agreement.
In light of recent reports of progress and a new deal's framework being set, Murphy confirmed those reports.
"Number one, we're talking. We're at the bargaining table, not the courtroom. There is progress, but there's a lot of work to be done."
Murphy was brought to Buffalo by the Bills for the Partnership's All Star Affair.
He talked with News 4 Sports about the thrill of wining the Super Bowl, but the frustration of the lockout starting shortly after that and somewhat ruining the celebration. The Packers will get their Super Bowl rings later this week.
A standout athlete at Clarence High School, Murphy played college football at Colgate and played in the NFL for the Washington Redskins.
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