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NFL Has New Talks With Players Before Heading to Appeals Court

June 2 (Bloomberg) -- The National Football League and its players concluded a new round of court-ordered negotiations before heading to a St. Louis appeals court to decide if a 2 1/2-month-old lockout will continue.

The league and the NFL Players Association “were engaged in confidential discussions before Chief Magistrate Judge Boylan,” the sides said in a joint news release. It gave no other details.

The negotiations, which included owners Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys, Robert Kraft of the New England Patriots and John Mara of the New York Giants, took place over three days at a site near Chicago, according to the Associated Press, citing people who spoke on condition of anonymity because the meetings were supposed to be secret.

A hearing is set for tomorrow before the U.S. Court of Appeals in St. Louis on the NFL’s appeal of a ruling that blocked its lockout of the players. The lockout is currently in place until the appeal is decided.

The collective bargaining agreement between the league and its players expired in March.

To contact the reporter on this story: Mason Levinson in New York at mlevinson@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net.

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