NFL, Union Take TV Money Dispute Before Judge

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Attorneys for the NFL and the players’ union have taken their fight over $4 billion in TV revenue before a federal judge in Minnesota.

U.S. District Court judge David Doty in Minneapolis has jurisdiction over NFL labor matters. He agreed Thursday to unseal some evidence in the case but did not immediately issue a decision.

The union wants the judge to overturn a decision allowing the league to keep the $4 billion in rights fees from the networks in case there is a lockout. The collective bargaining agreement expires next Thursday.

The union says the NFL unfairly negotiated the TV contracts to use the money as leverage in labor talks. The league says it acted in good faith.

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