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WASHINGTON -- Even as the players have made their case in court, the NFL Players Association is making its case in the classroom. Representatives of the NFLPA were invited guests at the American Universitys Washington College of Law on Tuesday, answering questions from students about the leagues decision to lock out the players and the court proceedings that have followed. The NFLPA made a similar appearance at Rutgers last month. The programs help the former union -- now technically a trade association -- make sure that students and the public at large are fully aware of its side of the story. "I understand theres a lot of fan frustration and fan anger -- directed at both sides, frankly," Atallah said. "I understand that. Im a fan of the game myself, so Im sympathetic to it. I think at the end of the day the fans and people need to know the players have worked on resolving this and have been attempting to avoid it for more than two years now. ... Its not lost on me that people want to see their football." The savvy students peppered Atallah and former player Nolan Harrison with various legal questions -- the words "litigation," "decertification," "injunction" and "mediation" were uttered many times. While the parties are under orders from a judge not to talk about the ongoing court-ordered mediation talks in Minneapolis, Atallah reiterated that a negotiated settlement from those talks -- rather than more legal wrangling -- is the preferred outcome for the players. "The unfortunate thing about the current state of the business of football is that anything outside of a litigation settlement takes us into the unknown," Atallah said. Atallah and Harrison restated many NFLPA positions: that the league had been planning the lockout for years in advance, that the players never threatened to strike, that they never asked for more money than they were getting in their previous deal, that theyre concerned about the economic impact on businesses such as restaurants if games arent played and that it doesnt make sense to them to have draft picks pigeonholed into five-year contracts when the average career doesnt last that long. Harrison responded with vigour to a students question that referenced the dispute as one of millionaires versus billionaires. "Lets be clear about things: No one can cry poverty in the NFL," Harrison said, "but not every player is making over a million dollars." Harrison said many players are done by age 25 and "go back to being regular students, regular employees, regular businessmen." "To be fair," he added, "not every owners a billionaire. But theyre pretty darn close." 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U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson gave the players an early victory Monday in their fight with the owners over how to divide the US$9 billion business, granting their injunction request to lift the lockout. Lance Moore Womens Jersey .M. -- The worlds No.They came from Vancouver and California, from Sherbrooke and Montreal. They came to reminisce and root one more time together. Organized by the Montreal Expos Facebook fan page, 200 Expos fans gathered in section 240 of Sundays Tampa Bay Rays versus Toronto Blue Jays game at the Rogers Centre. With the game being secondary, the fans proudly wore their Expos gear, in the hopes of garnering media attention and to show the baseball world that passion for the game lives on in La Belle Province. Former Expos manager and longtime front office executive Jim Fanning was among the supporters in the section. Donning an Expos cap, the current Blue Jays consultant travelled to the game from his London, Ontario home. Fanning made time for each and every fan who wanted to chat or take a picture with him. Other noteworthy Expos fans in the section included journalist Rich Griffin, a former 23-year Expos public relations employee. Others included baseball author and journaalist Jonah Keri, as well as hip hop artist Annakin Slayd.dddddddddddd The highlight of the day was when a former Expos player on the field acknowledged the crowd. Rays third base coach Tom Foley, a former Expos player from 1986 to 1992, succumbed to the cheers for him and tipped his cap and waved to the Expos fans in attendance. The media also took note of the happenings in section 240 on this day. The Rays television broadcast team actually featured the Expos fans on their telecast and profiled the Expos careers of both Foley and Rays bench coach Dave Martinez. Tampa Bay is much maligned in attendance at the moment and Montreal has been recently written about as a potential worst case alternative for the franchise. 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