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NFL Lockout Watch, Day 53: Goodell Says NFL, NFLPA Shouldn't Be In Stalemate
Published May 3, 2011
YOU BE THE JUDGE: In St. Louis, Bryan Burwell writes the "best thing that could happen for anyone who cares that pro football will be played without interruption this fall is for the three-member panel of judges on the 8th Circuit Court to offer up another round of raspberries for the owners and their high-priced attorneys." When you "get past all the legal mumbo jumbo in the owners' 18-page brief, the best little nugget is the almost laughable paragraph that tries to convince the court that the short-term (and ultimate long-term) effects of a lockout won't create an economic or career hardship on the players." But a lockout "leaves plenty of careers in limbo." Burwell: "If the lockout ended at this very instant, the NFL would be able to get on with its regular business within 24 to 48 hours. They would simply put into effect the same rules that they operated under in 2010 and life would go on without a hitch" (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 5/3). Also in St. Louis, Stu Durando profiles the three randomly selected judges ruling on the NFL appeal and notes they "will convene in St. Louis to hear arguments by both sides and deliver a decision." But for the time being, the judges -- William Benton of K.C., Kermit Bye of Fargo, N.D., and Steven Colloton of Des Moines -- are "spread across the court's seven-state jurisdiction area while deciding the outcome of the NFL's request for a stay of last week's decision" (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 5/3).
NO SENTIMENTALITY IN THE EQUATION: The '11 NFL season is scheduled to start with the majority of games being played on Sept. 11, the 10-year anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks, but ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that will "have no effect at all" on the labor negotiations and helping to force the two sides to start the season on time. Schefter: "The two sides go about their business and try to get this deal done -- period -- separate from the events of 9/11 and the 10-year anniversary." But if the two sides "don't have a deal in place by that particular day, and that Sunday comes and goes without any football, it makes both sides look that much worse" ("NFL Live," ESPN, 5/2).