After today’s ruling by the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis that the NFL lockout was indeed legal (on most levels), the NFL and NFLPA took time out from their negotiation sessions to parse the information and then release a joint statement:
While we respect the court’s decision, today’s ruling does not change our mutual recognition that this matter must be resolved through negotiation. We are committed to our current discussions and reaching a fair agreement that will benefit all parties for years to come, and allow for a full 2011 season.
Hopefully they keep at it and knock this thing out. The court’s ruling, while seemingly a win for the owners, also provides plenty of impetus to get a deal done. As we mentioned earlier, the court ruled locking out players that were under contract was legal, but locking out players without a contract was not. This could really complicate things if a deal isn’t struck soon. Hopefully we get good news soon.