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Now it's -- pivotal day in the dispute putting the NFL season in jeopardy.
Attorneys for the owners and players making opening arguments in an appeal that will determine whether the players actually get back to work.
Steve Brown live with more for us tell us what's at stake today.
Well whether or not this -- that the owners have instituted towards a players can continue awarded day 83 now by the way.
The argument essentially goes like this.
The players decertify their union the players therefore.
-- alleged that the owners are -- -- individually negotiate with all 700 plus.
Future players of -- 2011 season.
But the owners say wait a second you folks had a union you decertified -- union.
And only did so because things were going while the negotiating table so therefore -- certifying the union is a sham that's what the federal judges are up to.
Today due due to determine whether or not.
-- NFL players association was indeed proper or just merely a tactic.
If the lockout can no longer go on if it goes against the owners -- the owners would have the possibility of the Justice Department nipping at their heels because if there's no union then they should be getting on with the business of preparing for the next season.
Which clearly they're not doing John.
Well are they still negotiating.
They are as a matter of fact and it was going to be a private off the record session but.
Some enterprising reporter discovered that out in saint Charles Illinois which is west of Chicago.
There was a two day session led by federal judge Arthur Boylan from up in Minneapolis.
Who led a mediation session we're told by the hotel's owner that sometimes.
The owners owners group in the players group met separately apart from each other sometimes they dined together sometimes they met together.
What happened during those sessions isn't being discussed the NFL releasing a joint statement yesterday saying that everything is.
That is status quo remains the same the NFL season is in jeopardy.
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