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Both sides optimistic after appeals court hearing

Tuesday - 1/14/2014, 1:30pm  ET

R.B. FALLSTROM
AP Sports Writer

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Attorneys for the NFL and the players' union went before a federal appeals court Tuesday, arguing over whether to reopen the so-called Reggie White case that helped set league labor policy for years.

The NFLPA is appealing a ruling by U.S. District Judge David Doty in Minneapolis rejecting the union's attempt to reopen the lawsuit that guided labor matters from 1993 until a collective bargaining agreement was reached in 2011. Among other things, union attorney Jeffrey Kessler said the case should be revisited because the agreement did not cover retired players and others not in the union.

NFL attorney Gregg Levy argued that there was no legal precedent for the appeal.

A decision from the three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is expected later this year.


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