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NFL, NFLPA Ordered To Enter Mediation Thursday In Minnesota
Published April 11, 2011
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The NFL’s core legal argument is that the court does not have jurisdiction over the dispute, but Nelson is ordering the mediation within her court district. The NFL was arguing for mediation back in DC at the office of the Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service. But the players rejected that, saying those talks were for when they were a union.
The NFLPA decertified on March 11, though the league contends that was a sham. If the mediation does not lead to a resolution, Nelson is expected to issue her decision next week. If she lifts the lockout, the question then becomes if she will issue a stay while the NFL appeals to the Eighth Circuit Court of appeals. League insiders are far more confident of their chances at the Eighth circuit than in the Minnesota federal court district.