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Legal teams for NFL players, owners meet

NEW YORK, July 18 (UPI) -- Lawyers for NFL team owners and players met Monday in New York, kicking off a crucial week in which they hope to end a 4-month-old lockout.

The sides have set a Thursday deadline to iron out their remaining disagreements and reach a new labor pact so a full NFL schedule can be played.

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Court-appointed mediator, Judge Arthur Boylan, attended the New York meeting, while members of the NFL Players Association's executive committee began arriving in Washington in advance of a separate meeting there Tuesday, the NFL Network reported.

Some obstacles remain in the way of a deal, the broadcaster said.

They reportedly include a players' demand for $320 million in benefits lost in 2010 -- the final, uncapped year of the previous collective bargaining agreement. Also still on the table is injury protection and workers compensation rights.

Players representatives on Wednesday are expected to vote on whether to recommend a settlement of an antitrust suit brought against the league, the NFL Network reported.

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