Federal appeals court judges on Tuesday grilled a lawyer trying to revive a suit brought by retired professional football players against the National Football League and the NFL Players Association.

The ex-players asked a panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse last year’s ruling by Judge Julie E. Carnes dismissing their suit claiming that the league and the union should be liable for a Ponzi scheme perpetrated by a union-approved broker.

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