This was not what the fans were hoping for when Minneapolis federal judge Susan Nelson mandated the NFLPA and NFL continue to undergo mediation. Rather than reaching terms on a new CBA the players and owners have walked out of negotiations again and are not set to meet again until May 16th. Meanwhile, Judge Nelson is still considering ruling against the NFL and officially ending the current lockout (for meantime, at least).
Players and owners initial arguments were heard in the Minneapolis court at the beginning of April and have been under consideration ever since. In the interim the players and owners were to meet via federally sanctioned negotiations, apparently little progress was made during that time.
“I think fans want solution. I want solutions,” NFl Commissioner Roger Goodell said. “I think the players want solutions and I think the teams want solutions. That’s why we have to be working at it in negotiations and figuring out how to get to that point.”
Unfortunately, little was done in the way of solution while both sides met in Minnesota. Instead the sides will wait on the ruling of Judge Nelson and in the meantime everything is on old for at least another month.
“That is the judge’s decision,” Goodell said. “She will make that ruling when she is prepared to do it, and at that point in time we all will respect the ruling and we will get back to the point where we are negotiating.”
Until then, we’re all just in a state of NFL purgatory.