The district court's injunction against the lockout will be reversed once the circuit court hears the merits on that issue because of a statute that was designed by Congress to protect unions. Apparently, once a union, always a union.
With the Eighth Circuit (the Court) set to rule on whether to grant the NFL a permanent stay in the next day or two -- whether to keep the lockout intact until at least early June -- let's press pause and reset where we are in Courtroom football.
I kind of had one of those "light bulb moments" when I knew I would be this good at football. Working with Coach Wannstedt, he always told us that if you continue to get better, you will have a chance at it.
The biggest hurdle the NFL owners and players faced in their recent negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement was a failure to establish a "meeting of the minds." Why not dispense with the lawyers and hash it out face-to-face?
The NFL would like you to believe there will be a 2011 season. Not only that, they need you to believe there will be a 2011 season. They don't want you to stop spending your hard-earned money on NFL merchandise.
The owners want the players to share their risk of operating their professional football franchises. The players want the owners to reduce the health and safety risk associated with playing a violent game.
Since the NFL doesn't feel that fans should have their own representatives and the NFLPA is unwilling to respond, it's up to us to let them know what we would like to see in a new collective bargaining agreement.
As mediation meetings between the NFL and the NFLPA enter their sixth straight day, there is a growing sense of optimism that the gloom and doom surrounding these negotiations may be delayed or even averted.