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Lawyers oppose Tagliabue removal

Updated: October 26, 2012, 8:17 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

NFL lawyers filed a motion in U.S. District Court in New Orleans on Friday, arguing that former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue should be allowed to hear appeals on the Saints' bounties case next week.

In their motion, NFL lawyers quote defendant Jonathan Vilma's statement to ESPN in which he supported Tagliabue being appointed to the role, saying, "I think it's a good first step for Paul to be the neutral arbitrator."

NFL lawyers wrote that, "Mr. Vilma was right that commissioner ...

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