Former Patriot LB Mike Vrabel Participates In Mediation

NFL, players start another day of mediation

      MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – NFL owners and players and their legal
counsel have returned to court for another round of mediation.
      Commissioner Roger Goodell arrived Tuesday morning with other
league leaders, and other owners entered the courthouse in separate
small groups. Linebacker Mike Vrabel showed up shortly before
attorneys for the players.
      This is the sixth day of talks with U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur
Boylan.
      After a series of stinging rebukes in court, the NFL has a
significant, favorable ruling in hand. The same three-judge panel
that sided with the league to keep the lockout in place will hear
arguments next month on the legality of the NFL's first work
stoppage in nearly 14 years. The hearing at the 8th U.S. Circuit
Court of Appeals is June 3 in St. Louis.
      
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