NFL, players ordered back for mediation

No ruling on lifting monthlong lockout

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“Sometimes there is a place in negotiation for changing the context, changing the city, changing the mediator or changing the atmosphere, but who knows where this will lead?” said one legal analyst, Jonathan Rubin, a Washington trial attorney and antitrust specialist.

Nelson also formally combined the lawsuits involving current and former players Monday. Neither the Brady plaintiffs nor the NFL objected to combining the cases, according to a court document.

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