The NFL released the pre-season schedule as well as the primetime games of that schedule. The Miami Dolphins will not be showcased in the pre-season on national television. No real surprise there. The schedule itself is a bit boring as you can see for yourself below and really only stands to put into context the labor situation. The actual regular season schedule will be released the week of the draft.
Aug. 13: Miami at Atlanta
Aug. 20: Carolina at Miami
Aug. 27: Miami at Tampa Bay
Sept. 1: Dallas at Miami
Now on to the labor update. Judge Susan Nelson is very serious about the two sides working out a deal and to stop wasting court time on such childish bull. She has informed both sides that they must have a decision maker present at all mediated meetings and that person must have the authority to strike a deal without having to consult outside of the chambers. In other words, if you can’t make a decision for your side, then get someone in who can.
While Jude Nelson will not be directly involved by mediating the labor negotiations she will be kept up to date by the overseeing magistrate judge that will mediate the two sides and will issue orders as needed to keep the two sides negotiating in good faith. If the NFL and the former NFLPA were as close to an agreement as some say back in March, then perhaps this time around it won’t take long to get a real deal done.
If Judge Nelson gets word that one or both sides are not negotiating in good faith in the hopes of this continuing in litigation, she could use the case itself against them to force the side/s to negotiate as she has stated they do so.
In my opinion, Judge Nelson should lift the lockout and allow player movement while negotiations continue in mediation but word it as such that it is not a judgement for either side but only to allow business to continue while she deliberates over the claims and mediation. If she is legally able to.