UPDATE (2:00 PM EST): CBSSports.com has obtained a copy of the players' letter to Judge Nelson and the NFL's counsel requesting mediation.
During yesterday's lockout hearing, Judge Susan Nelson urged both sides on the Brady v. NFL case to proceed with settlement talks -- in the manner of federal-court monitored mediation -- while she took a few weeks to make her ruling.
Predictably, the NFL wasn't particularly gung-ho about the idea of engaging in binding mediation with Judge Nelson presiding (though the players, obviously, were).
Liz Mullen of the Sports Business Journal reported that the players were expected to send a letter to the NFL asking to begin federal mediation.
We've confirmed, via sources close to the situation, that the players are indeed sending such a letter to the NFL on Wednesday afternoon.
It probably won't matter much, as the NFL -- even with the formal request -- is unlikely to acquiesce and enter into such mediation.
In fact, Mullen's also reported that the NFL will send their own letter to the players in Brady, requesting that the two sides resume mediation under the watch of George Cohen of the Federal Mediation and Counseling Services in Washington, D.C.
Again, no surprise there. What makes the NFL's case here a bit problematic is that the federal judge watching over the antitrust case didn't request that the two sides begin mediation with Cohen.
And though she'd probably be okay with any talk of settlement, it's unlikely to happen. As we detailed yesterday, there's a serious issue of semantics at hand when it comes to the way can even begin to settle.
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