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Mediator Sets NFL Meeting On July 19

Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The federal magistrate judge who is mediating the labor dispute between NFL owners and players has scheduled another session for July 19 in Minneapolis.

Judge Arthur J. Boylan set the meeting on Saturday, but made clear that both sides were free to continue their own sessions as they work toward a new collective bargaining agreement.

The principals in the fight over how to split up over $9 billion in revenue met all week in New York, but still have not reached a new deal as the lockout has dragged on for more than four months. Several teams have already canceled their traditional out-of-town portions of training camp and the Hall of Fame game between Chicago and St. Louis is less than a month away.

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