Court Mediation Ordered In NFL Labor Dispute.

U.S. District Judge Susan Nelson ordered the National Football League and the former NFL Players’ Association to meet with Chief Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan this Thursday, April 14, 2011, to begin mediation of their disputes regarding the collective bargaining agreement (or lack thereof), the players’ decertification and antitrust suite, and the owners’ lockout of the players.

In addition to this order, Judge Nelson ruled that the parties could not use the fact that they are meeting against each other at a later date, and that the mediation will not stay the proceedings.

If this court-mandated mediation does not resolve this dispute, Judge Nelson is expected to issue her decision on the former Players’ request to life the lockout next week. If Judge Nelson does lift the lockout, the NFL will request a stay while they appeal the ruling to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals since the NFL’s legal argument is that the Federal Court does not have jurisdiction over this matter.

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