NFL Lockout: Arguments Done For Today, Judge Strongly Encourages Continued Negotiations

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MAY 17: NFL players' lawyers Jeffrey Kessler, James Quinn and Barbara P. Berens walk with former NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith after leaving court ordered mediation at the U.S. Courthouse on May 17, 2011 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As the NFL lockout remains in place mediation was ordered after a hearing on an antitrust lawsuit filed by NFL players against the NFL owners after labor talks between the two broke down in March. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

I think today was another 'good news' day in terms of ending the NFL Lockout, as both the Players and Owners met in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis. This is the appeal to Judge Susan Nelson's ruling in Minnesota that the lockout should be lifted, as it is causing too much harm to the Players.

Judge Kermit Bye presided over the arguments this morning, and the NFL Network's Albert Breer captured Judge Bye's message in less than 140 characters:

Court done. Bye says ruling in "due course", and decision will be one "that neither side will like." Encourages them to work it out on own.

The Players and Owners must have been being proactive the past two days while meeting in Chicago, or else they knew what was coming from Judge Bye. This is a signal to both sides that litigation is not the way to go, as we (the courts) will make your lives miserable if you continue to beat around the bush and hope we (the courts) side with you. When he uses the phrase "due course", that means "better get ready to miss games if you leave it in our hands." For everyone who wants football to be played in 2011, Judge Bye's comments should be music to your ears.

They aren't scheduled to meet the rest of the day, and as far as I know don't have any official mediation sessions scheduled. If they truly are working towards Colts Owner Jim Irsay's timeline of July 4, the time to bang out a deal is now. That's what everyone wants. It just seems so tiring having to wait for it.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join Stampede Blue

You must be a member of Stampede Blue to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Stampede Blue. You should read them.

Join Stampede Blue

You must be a member of Stampede Blue to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Stampede Blue. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker