NFL Owners Move to Dismiss Lawsuit From the Players

U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson has scheduled a hearing on the owners’ motion to dismiss an antitrust lawsuit from a group of players for September 12th according to the Associated Press.

Coincidentally or not, September 12th is four days after the regular season is set to open in Green Bay, and one day after the first Sunday of games for the 2011 season.

Shortly after the owners filed their motion to dismiss on Monday, Nelson announced when she would hear arguments on the motion.

The timing is significant, given that the Packers are scheduled to host the New Orleans Saints on September 8th, and the NFL has big plans for the first Sunday of action to commemorate the anniversary of the September 11th attacks.

Both sides hope that hearing never has to happen. The NFL and its players held settlement discussions in Chicago last week, but there is no sign a new collective bargaining agreement is imminent.

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