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Black NFL Coaches Lose Early Bid to Depose Goodell in Bias Case

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Former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores and two other Black coaches suing the National Football League were denied their request for evidence and testimony from the league and Commissioner Roger Goodell before a judge decides whether to send the case to arbitration.

Flores and the other coaches are suing over claims of systemic racism in hiring for management jobs. The NFL is seeking to move the dispute out of court into arbitration, based on the coaches’ employment contracts and the league’s constitution.