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Both sides sat in mediation for nearly seven hours on Tuesday, another sign they aren’t taking this lightly.

As the day came to a close, Eller emerged from U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan’s chambers and let out a big sigh.

“Tough day,” he said.

And more tough ones to come, it appears. Hausfeld said that even if Nelson does issue a ruling on the injunction, the two sides could continue mediation. With the draft just around the corner, they would almost have to, he said.

“I hope everyone in the room, owners, active players, rookie representatives and retiree representatives, understand that this is a situation that not only involves their interests but the interests of many fans and other people who depend upon the game being played,” Hausfeld said. “And if everyone seriously approaches the issues with the manner in which the court has, then hopefully progress can be made.”