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In a recent court filing, the union said: “It is only a neutral (arbitrator) of unquestioned integrity who can restore public confidence in this process and mitigate the damage which the NFL’s handling of `bounty-gate’ has inflicted upon the game.”

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AP Sports Writer Brett Martel in New Orleans contributed to this report.

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