From The Field To The Courts

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011 - 3:35pm

Judge hears first arguments against NFL lockout.

With next season hanging in the balance NFL players and owners squared off in a St. Paul, Minnesota courtroom Wednesday.

Current and former players are requesting that Federal Judge Susan Nelson issue a preliminary injunction in the case, effectively ending the lockout on the grounds it will cause "irreparable harm" if allowed to continue.

On the other side is the owners, who claim the decertification of the Players Union, which would allow athletes to pursue litigation individually, is evidence the original collective bargaining talks were negotiated in "bad faith".

As the conflict works its' way through the legal system workouts continue for the athletes.

Judge Nelson could make a ruling in the case by the end of the week, though appeals are likely to follow.

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