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NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith, left, enters a Manhattan law office, Friday, July 8, 2011, in New York. (credit: AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)

Appeals Court Backs NFL Lockout, Tosses Judge’s Ruling

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday threw out a judge’s order lifting the NFL lockout, possibly giving the league leverage in talks aimed at reaching a new labor deal.


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Judge Orders NFL, Players To Try Mediation Again

The federal judge handling the lawsuit against the NFL ordered the sides to participate in court-supervised mediation, while still considering whether to grant a preliminary injunction to lift the lockout.


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NFLPA Head: Owners Preparing For Lockout

NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith sees new signs that owners are preparing for a football-free 2011.


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NFL: AFL-CIO Can’t Be Neutral Mediator

The president of the AFL-CIO is offering to mediate the NFL’s labor negotiations. The league has a very basic problem with that.