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Owners, players at critical juncture

Friday's court proceedings will be intense and perhaps even productive; here's a primer

Originally Published: June 2, 2011
By Andrew Brandt | Special to ESPN.com

On Friday, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals will be the epicenter of the two-year labor/legal battle between the NFL and its players.

The court will hear oral arguments regarding the NFL's appeal of the players' victory at the lower court level, where Judge Susan Nelson granted the players a preliminary injunction blocking the lockout. Many (including myself) hope that the result of Friday's hearing may be the tipping point to ultimately produce meaningful negotiations and/or a long-term ...

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