NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — The judge who will rule on the NFL players’ request to lift the lockout imposed by the owners told both sides she “will impose forced mediation,” according to USA Today.

U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson told the NFL and its players of her intentions, according to the report Sunday night, which cited “a person with knowledge of the situation.”

Attorneys for both sides held a conference call Friday to discuss mediation with Nelson. USA Today said their source “could not speak on the record because Judge Nelson wanted details … between the sides to remain private.”

The NFL wants to resume negotiations before a federal mediator in Washington, while the players prefer to remain in Nelson’s court.

The league declined comment Sunday night.

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