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Judges dismisses collusion case against NFL owners

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A federal judge threw out a lawsuit Monday by the NFL Players' Association that claimed owners colluded in the uncapped 2010 season, ESPN.com reported.

The players accused the owners of conspiring to keep salaries down in 2010 with a secret salary cap.

Attorneys argued before U.S. District Judge David Doty in September.

Doty ruled for the players in 2011 in a dispute over $4 billion in television revenue they contended the NFL held back to survive a long lockout. The claim was later resolved as part of the new collective bargaining agreement reached in time to play the 2011 season.

The Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins were penalized for overloading contracts in the 2010 uncapped season. The league dissolved $36 million in salary cap space from the Redskins and $10 million from the Cowboys.

Players' union attorney Jeffrey Kessler claimed that the players learned of the owners' secret salary cap through the media. He cited comments made by New York Giants owner John Mara, when the league announced the penalties, as evidence of the conspiracy.

The lawsuit, filed in May, sought more than $4 billion in damages.

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