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Judge Nelson urges more settlement talks in NFL labor dispute, will provide ruling in two weeks

U.S. District Court Judge Susan Richard Nelson finished today’s hearing in federal court in St. Paul, Minn. between NFL players and owners. Bob Nightengale of USA Today provides a nice synopsis of the day in court.

After hearing arguments from both sides, Nelson urged players and owners to return to the bargaining table, and said she will try to make a ruling in two weeks.

Players are seeking a preliminary injunction to lift the lockout imposed by owners because of the irreparable harm to them.

“Let them go back to work and do what they do, and that's playing the game of football,'' said James Quinn, speaking on behalf of the players, to Judge Susan Richard Nelson. “They only want to be treated fairly.

“The lockout itself is illegal. Over 800 players are unsigned. These players have no jobs. They have nowhere to go.”

NFL attorney David Boies argued that Nelson’s court had no authority to issue an injunction, something Nelson seemed annoyed by, according to the report, and disagreed with.

So it appears now we have to sit and wait for a decision, and hope that both sides heed Nelson’s advice and return to the negotiating table.

Albert Breer of the NFL Network also provides a pretty thorough breakdown of the day in court.