NFL and the NFLPA Lockout Countdown: Lockout Day+27, or Much Ado About Nothing

With the NFL and the NFLPA still locking horns without much resolution, and the Washington Republicans and Democrats doing the same, the search for middle or common ground has not yet been found in either case.  In the meantime, out of the woodwork came Warren Moon to defend NFL prospect Cam Newton, and it was a good show for the Hall of Famer veteran quarterback.  But the labor lockout still remains…

U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson heard arguments on both sides this Wednesday.  The NFL and the team owners presented their case in a brief that demonstrated that the NFLPA did not decertify in good faith and violated Section 4 of the Norris-LaGuardia Act.  The plaintiffs of the case including Mike Vrabel, Ben Leber, Vincent Jackson, Brian Robison, Von Miller, Tony Richardson and Charlie Batch attended the court session with Judge Nelson and James Quinn, an attorney representing the players in the case.  Countering Quinn’s arguments was David Boies, the attorney representing the league.  In the packed courtroom filled with players, reporters and the teams of attorneys, very little progressed other the legal formalities.  Unfortunately, Judge Nelson could delay the actual hearing concerning the injunction until the decision of the National Labor Relations Board on the charge that the union did not decertify in good faith.  This could mean the final decision could not be made until at least past the NFL Draft.  This does not bode well for the NFL draft prospects, the NFL, the dissolved NFLPA and the huge fanbase of the NFL games.  Optimistically, she said she would make her decision in a couple of weeks, but it is tempered optimism as she wanted both sides to resolve the work stoppage issue on their own.

To compound things even further and perhaps throw a wrench into the legal mess, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has requested the NFL include testing for human growth hormone (HGH) in their next labor deal.  Currently, HGH use is prohibited by the NFL, but the league does not test players currently.  To counter this proposal, Derrick Mason spoke on “The Norris and Davis Show” on 105.7 FM in Baltimore and declared that Goodell needs to focus on resolving the current legal dispute.

These are the most recent updates concerning the dispute between the rich players and the even richer team owners as they dispute their $9 billion business of the NFL.  So far it’s been much ado about nothing…


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