Yesterday saw the initial hearings for Brady et al v. NFL et al as well as a secondary suit in a Minneapolis court room. Judge Susan Nelson presided over the opening arguments and seemed to favor the players right from the outset. Each side was to make their case in a 30-minute opening argument, there were four in total and by the time they concluded the third they had already run so far over their time that they broke for lunch.
Things will get even more drawn out now as the honorable Judge Nelson has indicated that her ruling should take at least a couple of weeks, meaning that any hope of a quick ruling to lift the lockout and launch the NFL into off-season business as usual is no where close. I’ll have a more in depth write-up of the proceedings tonight but for now, my initial take from this is that there really isn’t going to be football until well into the summer.
The judge is going to take forever on this, then there will be a lengthy appeals process and none of it will really matter because at some point both sides will end up coming to their senses and just sitting back down to negotiate. In the meantime all we have to look forward to is draft coverage. So stick around while we finish our Big Board and issue our first mock draft this weekend. We’ll keep you posted on this CBA garbage too.