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But the players say the lawsuit will go forward whether or not the lockout is lifted and that the NFL’s request for an extension is “yet another deliberate step in their campaign to crush the players by extending the lockout for as long as they can.”

Also this week, the NFL owners and players finished their latest round of court-ordered mediation behind closed doors, without any signs of a new agreement.

Officials and attorneys for both sides said they will return for more closed-door talks with U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan on June 7. The two sides met for 16 days before talks fell apart March 11. Boylan presided over four days of mediation last month and two more days this week.