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NFL, Players Head To Courtroom On Wednesday

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The NFL and players’ union are set to take to a courtroom on Wednesday, for the first meeting between the two sides since the NFL Lockout was officially started.

Attorneys for Tom Brady, Drew Brees and other players are scheduled to argue Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson that the lockout should be lifted immediately because it is causing them “irreparable harm.”

The league contends the request shouldn’t be heard until the National Labor Relations Board weighs in on its claim that the players’ union negotiated in bad faith.

It will be the first time the two sides meet in court since the lockout was imposed more than three weeks ago. There have been no fresh talks to settle the labor impasse.

The players and retirees have also filed antitrust lawsuits against the NFL. Up first for Nelson is a decision on whether to lift the lockout – something the players contend will help save the 2011 season.

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