Judge David Doty of the U.S. District Court of Minnesota has agreed to hear arguments regarding a lawsuit filed by the NFL Players Association, which alleges that the NFL colluded to have a 'secret' salary cap in the uncapped 2010 year. The lawsuit was filed on May 23 and its merits have been contested by the NFL.
The NFLPA claims that the NFL had a secret $123 million salary cap in 2010, which the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins exceeded. Both were docked salary cap room by the NFL, and lost an appeal. The NFLPA's filing alleges that the Oakland Raiders and New Orleans Saints were both over the secret cap for that season as well.
Doty has not yet made a decision on whether or not his court will hear the case, and will review arguments from the NFL and NFLPA at a hearing on Sept. 6, then determine whether or not to hear the lawsuit.