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Judge David Doty Set To Hear NFL Lockout Insurance Case

The NFL and its players today will again square off in the court room of Judge David Doty, who oversaw the now defunct CBA from '93 to March 11, 2011. This time, he will hear arguments about whether he should assess damages in the lockout insurance case. He ruled March 1 that the NFL had violated the CBA by inserting clauses into broadcast contracts requiring the networks to pay even in a lockout, though the money would be repaid for lost games. The players want Doty to assess damages of at least $600M, and possibly up to and more than $1B. The NFL contends the $6.9M they already paid should suffice. If Doty does assess damages, the league is likely to appeal the decision to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals.
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