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NFL owners granted permanent stay

Updated: May 17, 2011, 10:31 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

MINNEAPOLIS -- After a series of stinging rebukes from federal judges, the NFL has a significant, favorable ruling in hand from a higher court.

The lockout remains in place, and the same panel that sided with the league to keep it will hear arguments next month on the legality of the NFL's first work stoppage in nearly 14 years.

So as owners and players and their legal counsel return to court-ordered mediation on Tuesday morning, the likelihood of the league giving ground in ...

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