Earlier today I posted that the two sides had met quietly in Chicago and that mediation was set to resume on the 7th, next week. Apparently, Judge Arthur Boylan initiated the two sides to come together and after a day and a half of face to face time, the two sides parted ways. Presumably to get ready for the litigation that lies immediately ahead.
Now, word is that the June 7th mandated mediation has been cancelled and no rescheduled dates are on the books. While that sounds to be a foreboding sign of bad things to come, the federal courts in Minnesota who are presiding over the “Brady” case stated to Daniel Kaplan of SportsBusiness Journal that they are “engaged in confidential settlement talks with the parties.” – per PFT
Not to read further into that one line statement but it could mean that the courts are working to bring an end to this issue outside of a court rendered decision that would favor one side or the other. With the 8th Circuit set to hear arguments to lift the lockout or overturn the Judge Nelson ruling tomorrow, it’s likely that if a deal isn’t done soon, the sway of leverage is going to take a more permanent roost on one sides shoulder.