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NFL Lockout Watch, Day 5: Could Von Miller's Participation In Lawsuit Affect Draft Position?
Published March 16, 2011
KEY TO GETTING BACK TO TABLE: In N.Y., Judy Battista notes the antitrust case, Tom Brady v. NFL, is about something "elemental: lifting the lockout to create more leverage for players in negotiations." On page 48 of the suit, the "first item listed under Prayer For Relief asks the court to declare the lockout a violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act and asks the court to block it." U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson is "scheduled to hear arguments on that request April 6," and "whichever way Nelson rules after the hearing next month -- and even more critically, whichever way the Court of Appeals goes since Nelson's decision will surely be appealed by whichever side does not prevail -- could help determine how soon negotiations will resume." Legal experts said that if the players "do not get the injunction, the sides will most likely negotiate much sooner" (N.Y. TIMES, 3/16).