TALKS between the AFL, Essendon and the four individuals charged for bringing the game into disrepute will drag into a second day after no conclusions were reached on Monday.
They will start again at 11am on Tuesday at AFL House with the charged parties locked in a stalemate late on Monday night.
An AFL Commission meeting began at 8.30am on Monday with the Essendon situation on the agenda from 2pm.
The Bombers' group - Mark Thompson, Dr Bruce Reid, Danny Corcoran and James Hird, plus the club's hierarchy - arrived around 1pm.
Negotiations between the League and parties charged lasted into the night with talks ranging throughout the afternoon in separate rooms.
While the four individuals left separately in the early evening, talks between the AFL and Essendon chairman Paul Little and interim CEO Ray Gunston lasted until after 9pm before they were called off for the night.
Little left at 9.45pm through the back door of AFL House, a few hours after the four individuals did.
The Bombers released a statement confirming discussions regarding the 2012 supplement program had ceased and would reconvene on Tuesday.
Thompson and Reid left around 7pm before Corcoran departed shortly after.
Hird then left with his wife Tania, who had been by his side all afternoon, just before 8pm.
He had also been accompanied by his lawyer Julian Burnside, who said talks would start up again in the morning as he left.
None of the Essendon men offered comment on departure, with the exception of Corcoran who uttered a sentence in French.
Thompson filled his weekly spot on Fox Footy's AFL 360 program and said his own individual case was nowhere near a resolution.
He also described the fines and proposed sanctions on offer as "quite severe" and said it would be a disaster if Hird was suspended for 12 months.
Essendon great Tim Watson told Talking Footy that Hird, Corcoran, Thompson and Reid waited in separate rooms during the hearing. Each party spoke to the commission for just "five or six minutes".
While it appeared early in the evening there were sticking points between the four individuals and the AFL, it was believed there was a chance the case between the League and the club could be resolved.
But it now looks as though there is still some work to be done in settling on common ground despite the marathon session at AFL House.
Media camped at both ends of AFL House for over 12 hours while the Commission meeting was held.