Judge Susan Richard Nelson
The NFL hasn’t wavered in this message to its locked-out players: Get out of the courts and come back to the bargaining table.
You were hoping that the three-judge, Eighth Circuit panel would not vote along “party” lines. Everyone was told that the Eighth Circuit was a “conservative” court, a court that was “pro-business.” Obviously, that’s bad news for the players.
For NFL owners and the players they’ve locked out in this dispute over the division and future of the ever-popular $9 billion business, it’s time to talk again.
A federal appeals court agreed Tuesday to fast track the NFL’s request to put its labor lockout in place until a new deal is finally worked out.
The NFL has promised to give its teams guidance on what to do after another stinging rebuke from the same federal judge who lifted the lockout. Whether that includes rules for free agency or simply whether players can talk with their coaches was anyone’s guess.
NFL players say the league’s request to put a federal judge’s lockout ruling on hold should be denied. Why? They say every day it remains in effect they suffer more harm.
Even as his players are claiming a modest victory, if that, after Judge Susan Richard Nelson granted a preliminary injunction blocking the league’s lockout, DeMaurice Smith was more emphatic.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told Giants season-ticket holders in a conference call on Wednesday that the league is planning to start the 2011 season on time.
The NFL and its players opened a fourth day of court-ordered talks Wednesday as the lockout reached its 40th day with few signs of progress so far.
Sworn to secrecy about specifics of their court-ordered mediation, neither the NFL nor its players provided much insight about where they’re at in their dispute over the division of this $9 billion business.
It’s been a month since the NFL lockout began and there haven’t been any talks between the league and its players. That will change this week.
The judge who will rule on the NFL players’ request to lift the lockout imposed by the owners told both sides she “will impose forced mediation,” according to USA Today.
A day after the judge handling the NFL lockout lawsuit urged the sides to go “back to the table,” the players and owners both expressed a willingness to do so. The hitch: Each offered to meet for talks in a setting the other finds unpalatable.
The federal judge overseeing the NFL players’ request to lift a lockout by the owners says it will take “a couple of weeks” to rule.
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