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April 27th the deadline for lockout ruling?

Posted on: March 28, 2011 8:21 pm
Edited on: March 28, 2011 10:33 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

On Monday, Tom Brady, et al, (i.e. all the players suing the NFL) filed a reply with the Minnesota district court related to their Motion for Preliminary Injunction against the NFL.

A hearing will take place on April 6, but the question everyone wants to know is, "When will the court make a ruling?" (You may not know it, but you want the answer to this -- it could decide the fate of NFL football in 2011.)

Well, it warrants mentioning then that the Plaintiffs (the players) and the Defendants (the NFL and its clubs) have agreed to an extension of time with which the Defendants can answer the Plaintiffs' complaint. (Or, to put it more simply: the NFL gets 30 days to respond to the players' lawsuit; both sides have agreed to add more time to that.)

CBSSports.com has obtained an Order on Stipulation for Extension of Time whereby Jeanne J. Graham, the United States Magistrate Judge for Minnesota, gives the NFL until April 27 to respond to the players' complaint.
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Why does this matter? Well, the NFL will have its legal response ready before then; but it stands to reason that if both sides -- and the court -- have agreed to extend the time period with which the NFL can answer until April 27, that we'll have a ruling on the Injunction by then.

That's because if the Plaintiffs' motion is granted, the lockout will be declared illegal. The NFL will then likely appeal the ruling. (Same for the players, in the event that the lockout is declared legal.)

But, most importantly, the ruling that stems from the hearing on April 6 will dramatically affect the case and it's timeline moving forward -- though there's no guarantee that we know anything by April 27 (which just so happens to be right before the draft), there's a very good chance that we do.

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Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: March 29, 2011 3:03 pm
 

April 27th the deadline for lockout ruling?

 It's time for an NFL reality check for both players and owners. And the time is now! 


I grew up with football as my favorite sport and my family has been an NFL season ticket holder for decades. In my book the greed of NFL players and owners has finally met the saturation point to where the price point far exceeds the entertainment value of an NFL game. Never mind a sense of team loyalty that the most venerable NFL teams have traded on for years to fill their coffers.


 I believe players, like any employee of a business, deserve to be fairly compensated. And owners, if the business is operated competently, deserve to make a return on their investment. It's the American way in a free enterprise system. 


However, even Economics 101, teaches us the difference between a want and a need. NFL football is not a need. It is entertainment. With that said, I even believe that if with a magic wand player salaries and owner ticket prices were cut in half, very few players or owners would walk away from the game.


 As much as I enjoy football I know my world would not collapse in the absence of NFL football. I would miss it but eventually, like almost everyone else, I would find other forms of entertainment or other things to do with my time. Something that I don't players or owners are even taking into consideration.



Since: Aug 29, 2009
Posted on: March 29, 2011 2:21 pm
 

Thank you Owners and Players

I am getting married in Nov and can now ignore a sport I love.  Thank you... Thank you... Thank you...



Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: March 29, 2011 2:06 pm
 

April 27th the deadline for lockout ruling?

If the courts stop the lockout the owners will probably appeal.  If they lose the appeal or cjoose not to appeal there is something very important to remember.

There is NO CBA in place and the owners could let the players play but the owners would be able to run the season anyway they want.  They could have all kinds of rule changes the players may not like.  Rules for practices, games and more.

If this happened the owners would probably stay close to the rules and guidelines that were followed last season so they do not really piss off the players since last years rules and guidelines were agreed to by the Union.

Just the same the owners would have complete control of how trhe business is run.

Watch out players you may not like not having a Union to protect your backs.




Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: March 29, 2011 1:31 pm
 

April 27th the deadline for lockout ruling?

This is sad you have 9b to split and rich folks can not even agree to mutual decision the fans are very upset with the situation and should boycott the NFL if a decision is not made.


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