Players seek to have response to retirees sealed by judge wire reports

MINNEAPOLIS -- Lawyers for NFL players want to file material under seal in response to a complaint by retired players who joined them in their antitrust lawsuit against the league.

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Attorney Barbara Berens wrote Monday to U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeanne Graham requesting she grant the confidential material, because it's related to talks ongoing between NFL owners and current players to end the lockout.

The retired players filed a lawsuit two weeks ago against both the current players and the league, alleging the retirees were cut out of the mediation, violating a court order. The retired players have a hearing on their complaint scheduled before Graham on Aug. 8.

U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson combined the cases of the current and former players in April.

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