We haven’t posted anything on the NFL Lockout in a while and to be completely honest, I’m not really sorry about that. At this point the lockout has really just become a protracted legal battle with little bouts of PR thrown in here and there by both sides. They each do what they’re told, pretend to be taking it seriously and in turn just move on to the next legal step in the dance. Ultimately, it won’t be until the final decisions are rendered that anything gets decided.
Case in point: the last few days. The NFL won its first legal victory when a St. Louis appeals court issued a permanent stay on Judge Susan Nelson’s decision to end the lockout. The three judge panel cited the league’s argument that it would be done irreparable harm in the event the stay was not issued as justification for its decision, the dissenting opinion was issued in favor of the players. In the meantime the players and owners were ordered to meet in a mediation session, which they did for two days before adjourning until June 7th, after the three judge panel rules again on June 3rd.
Now let’s read between the lines here, because both sides walked away from the talks saying it was productive. Yet they’re going to wait nearly three weeks until another decision is issued by the courts to continue the productive negotiations? They’re just paying lip-service and jockeying for leverage and at this point it’s becoming laughable. It’s almost a slap in the face to fans to pretend either side is taking this seriously, they’re both just waiting until all the legal chips are down.
If you’re sick of this I am too.