HAPPY COURT DAY! Ah, yes, the long countdown ends. After weeks of pointless bickering via Twitter, the NFL and its players will be meeting again today – this time in front of U.S. District Judge Susan Nelson in Minnesota.
Brady v. NFL commences … Three and a half weeks after endless mediation sessions got us nowhere, the battle between the NFL
Judge Smails has sentenced lockouts younger than this to the gas chamber. He didn't want to do it, but he felt he owed it to them.
and the players’ union trade association heads to court for a hearing on whether to grant a preliminary injunction that could prevent the lockout and force the league to operate as usual. Of course, we don’t know how Judge Nelson will rule, we don’t know when she will rule, and the granting of an injunction will result in an appeal by the league anyway. Still, even in the event of an appeal, she could order the lockout lifted while we wait. What could that mean? Well, free agency, trades, and all the usual fun that we enjoy in the off-season. Sure beats talking about the lockout. Another possibility is that Nelson could order the [...]
So here we are… again. We have arrived at Deadline Day, Part III, and things have been far from calm in Washington with talks, at least publically, becoming much more heated between the NFL and the union.
The CBA is set to expire at midnight, and not surprisingly, that is the only story in the NFL. The vow of silence outside the room has been broken, as both sides fired shots at each other through the media and via Twitter last night. NFL general counsel Jeff Pash made a comment hinting that the union was not as committed to getting a deal done as the owners, causing NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith, who had left the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service building, to come back and deliver a response to the assembled media:
“We have been committed to this process,” Smith said. “But for anyone to stand and turn to the American people and say they question that. “We’re going to work like heck to make sure football continues.”
Union spokesman George Atallah and NFL spokesman Greg Aiello also took public shots at each other, except that conversation played out over Twitter. Welcome to labor talks in 2011.
It’s possible we’ll have answers sometime in [...]