While NFL owners and players appear to be inching toward a resolution of the league's long lockout, a group of retired players is clamoring to be more involved in the discussions.
The group filed a class-action complaint against the owners and current players in federal court Monday, saying they have been excluded from the mediation sessions taking place in an attempt to end the lockout.
Named plaintiffs including Hall of Famers Carl Eller, Franco Harris, Marcus Allen and Paul Krause are asking U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson to put a halt to the mediation she ordered and declare that the current players cannot negotiate on behalf of those who are retired.
Owners and current players have met five times over the last few weeks as they work to put together a new collective bargaining agreement in time to avoid the loss of training camps and games. They met with U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur J. Boylan in Minneapolis last week, including for more than 15 hours on Thursday, and will resume meetings on Tuesday in New York.
The retired players say that NFL owners, the NFL Players' Association and a group of current players including star quarterbacks Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees are ''conspiring to depress the amounts of pension and disability benefits to be paid to former NFL players in order to maximize the salaries and benefits to current NFL players.''
OLYMPICS: South Korea aims for 2018 Games
The three candidates to host the 2018 Winter Olympics began three final days of frantic campaigning Monday, with the two leading contenders boosted by the backing of a president and a soccer great, and the outsider insisting it still can win.
The bid teams from Pyeongchang, South Korea; Munich; and Annecy, France, reached the home stretch, with their final presentations to the International Olympic Committee, all that's left before Wednesday's vote.
South Korean President Lee Myung-bak said it was his ''duty'' to deliver a first-ever Winter Games for his country. Munich called in the star power of World Cup-winning player and coach Franz Beckenbauer.
Pyeongchang, which failed in consecutive bids for the 2010 and 2014 Games, is favored to finally win over the IOC at its general assembly in Durban and become only the third Asian city - and first outside Japan - to host the Winter Olympics.