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Mara: 'A very disappointing day for all of us'

John Mara has been a fixture at the NFL labor negotiations for the past couple of weeks for the owners and he expressed disappointment the players union has filed for decertification.

The respected Giants president and CEO said he never got the feeling that the players were serious about negotiating.

“This obviously is a very disappointing day for all of us,” Mara said at a news conference in Washington. “I have been here for the better part of two weeks now and essentially during that two week period, the union’s position on the core economic issues has not changed one iota. Their position has basically been take it or leave it. And in effect they have been at the same position since last September.”

Mara explained the owners made a proposal to the players union but he never got the impression the union was going to budge.

“We made an offer to them today to basically split the difference between the two sides,” Mara said. “We made that at approximately 12:00 and at 4:00 they came back and said it was insufficient. They apparently have decided to decertify.

“One thing that became painfully apparent to me during this period was that their objective was to go the litigation route,” Mara continued. “I think that they believe that gives them the best leverage. I never really got the feeling during the past two weeks that they were serious about negotiating and it is unfortunate because that’s not what collective bargaining is all about. I think eventually we will be back at the table but unfortunately now we will have to go through this process in court.”