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NFL, players say they'll keep negotiating after appeals court ruling

July 8, 2011 | 11:50 am

Photo: NFL players' lawyers Jeffrey Kessler, left, Barbara P. Berens and James Quinn walk with former NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith after leaving court ordered mediation on May 17. Credit: Hannah Foslien / Getty Images.  

The NFL and the players' association released a joint statement today in the wake of the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling in favor of the NFL. The clear implication is that the league and union want to keep working on a deal despite the ruling that the lockout remain in place.

Here's the joint statement:

While we respect the court's decision, today's ruling does not change our mutual recognition that this matter must be resolved through negotiation. We are committed to our current discussions and reaching a fair agreement that will benefit all parties for years to come, and allow for a full 2011 season.

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Photo: NFL players' lawyers Jeffrey Kessler, left, Barbara P. Berens and James Quinn walk with former NFL Players Assn. executive director DeMaurice Smith after leaving court ordered mediation on May 17. Credit: Hannah Foslien / Getty Images.

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