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NFL denies law firm's request

Updated: April 22, 2011, 4:10 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

MINNEAPOLIS -- The NFL has rejected a law firm's request for a conflict-of-interest waiver to represent a group of players seeking to join the antitrust fight against the league.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said Thursday the league notified the firm of the denial. The firm later was identified as Barnes & Thornburg of Indianapolis.

"As in any case where our law firm is asked to be adverse to an existing client, even on an unrelated matter, we will not undertake the new representation ...

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