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Judge Grants Motion To Hold Hearing In NFL Labor Dispute

U.S. District Court Judge David Doty has granted a motion by the NFLPA to hold a hearing next week on whether to unseal some of the documents in the union's case challenging the NFL’s use of television rights money. The NFLPA argued that the NFL players and public have a right to the information and Doty scheduled a hearing for Feb. 24 in federal court in Minneapolis, the same day oral arguments will be held on the union’s appeal of the Special Master’s decision in the case.

The Special Master awarded the NFLPA about $6M in damages in the case, but did not grant the union the injunction it was seeking to stop the NFL from receiving more than $4B in television revenues that would be paid whether or not games are played. The case is of great interest to the sports industry, but the hearing before the Special Master was closed and the documents have been sealed.

The NFL in a statement said, “We advised the union prior to its filing that we are amenable to submitting a public version of the union's brief and the Special Master's opinion as long as certain commercially sensitive information of our network television and other business partners remains confidential as required under the protective order governing this litigation.”

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