The NFL and its players union have agreed to mediation just two weeks before the league's collective bargaining agreement expires.
The NFL's upcoming season could be in jeopardy.
The league's owners and players will meet Friday in Washington with Federal mediation and conciliation service director George H. Cohen.
"The deadline is fast approaching", warned George Attalah of the NFL Players Association.
That deadline is March 3rd; the day the current collective bargaining agreement between the players and owners expires.
The biggest issue at hand is determining who gets the largest slice of the $9 billion in total revenue.
Other issues include an 18 game regular season and a wage scale for rookies.
The owners have threatened to impose a "lock out" on the players, effectively shutting the league down -- a topic that lingered heavily over Super Bowl week.
"Our focus is on trying to get an agreement done and get it done without any disruptions", stated NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Direct talks between NFL players and owners broke down last week when owners walked away from the bargaining table.
"We want to make sure we do everything we can to make sure that football is played not just next year, but beyond and secure a fair deal that's good for everybody for the future", said Attalah.
A future that's uncertain at best.