While this ruling was expected and therefore does not end the current players strike, I believe it is significant because the organization formerly known as the NFLPA has now even less leverage with the NFL than it may have hoped. If the lockout had been lifted, then players would be able to practice and have contact with their coaches and the DeMaurice Smith (Union Boss) would have (according to his past thinking) felt that players’ careers would be in less jeopardy since they would be training and preparing.
It also means that we’re comin’ round to a settlement sometime very soon, as you’ve no-doubt been feeling and hearing glimpses on this.
Clearly, the negotiations have been much more intense and recently a 12-hour session was noted. Attorneys for both sides were said to have worked, “through the holiday” last weekend drafting an agreement. Something is happening now. Contrast that to months back, in February there was one meeting between the parties that lasted for 15 minutes….
Look forward to football and a deal being consummated within the next 10 days.