Labor Unrest In Courts Hands

The NFL and those representing the players have made their arguments known to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals.  The three panel of judges will issue a ruling in “due course”.  Which means whenever they feel like it.  It could be next week, it could be next month.  Then, the loser will likely appeal to the entire Circuit of judges, and if they lose that will likely petition the US Supreme Court.

Oh, and then there is the actual litigation of the “Brady” case against the NFL. The one that alleges anti-trust violations against the NFL and includes 10 other players as plaintiffs.  That case hasn’t officially started yet.

Today word came out that the NFL made significant concessions to the players over the last two days.  The players, as they did following two proposals made by the owners already, have not responded to the owners.  Apparently taking more than they are willing to give which at this point seems to be nothing.

Regardless, one NFL attorney informed the judges that it is a very real possibility that the NFL could miss the entire season.  Teams annually begin reporting to training camps at the end of July and barring a significant change in each sides negotiating skills or until both sides realize that the attorneys are doing far more harm to this than necessary, those camps are not going to start on time…or maybe at all.

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