Negotiations resume to end Serie A strike

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MILAN (AP) -- Negotiations have resumed to end the strike by Serie A players, with the clubs weighing whether to accept a temporary collective contract that would last through just this season.

The strike postponed the scheduled start of the Serie A last weekend, and both sides say they want to reach an agreement before the second round begins on Sept. 9.

Players association president Damiano Tommasi last week proposed a temporary contract in a last-minute effort to avoid the strike. The clubs rejected the temporary solution then but appear near to accepting it.

The solution would give both sides a month to agree on the main remaining conflict: A clause concerning the rights of players to train with the first team.