UPDATED (12:40 p.m.): Multiple outlets are reporting that a motion for preliminary injuction in the Brady v NFL case will be heard at 9:30 a.m. April 6 in front of Judge Susan "Not David Doty" Nelson.
That's a scant 23 days from now. Which is decidedly not awesome.
There’s been plenty of talk recently about Judge David Doty and about how much the owners, well, would like to see him nowhere near the litigation that will emanate from the NFLPA’s decision to decertify and the owners’ decision to lock out the players.
It must have been a relief to the owners, then, when Judge Richard H. Kyle originally was assigned the Brady v NFL case. But when Kyle recused himself from the case because of a personal conflict with one of the firms involved, there was a chance Doty would take over the case after all.
Not to worry, though.
According to Daniel Kaplan of the Sports Business Journal, the case has been assigned to Judge Susan Nelson and not Doty.
As Kaplan writes, the NFLPA surely will file a motion to move the case to Doty’s courtroom, but for now, the owners can savor a minor victory in the case that very well could determine the outcome of this lockout.
In this case, the uncertainty of Nelson has to be better for the owners than the expected outcome of what Doty would do.
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