On Friday the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals will be the epicenter of the two-year battle between the NFL and its players. Both sides appreciate the gravity of this proceeding, filing lengthy legal briefs championing their respective positions.
Some days I think that the worst-case scenario -- no National Football League games this year -- might be a blessing. It would be a year in which we could study those leading American issues that football vivifies so well.
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?