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The judge ruled the mediation will be held in Minnesota (for those of you keeping up with the situation that favors the players wishes).
The mediator's name is Chief Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan.
The talks begin this Thursday. The judge has still not ruled on whether or not to lift the lockout.
Also noted, the judge said any talks would not have an effect on any future proceeding. Simply put, this allows the players to still be considered a trade association, and not a union, when it comes to legal proceedings.