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SBD/May 4, 2011/Leagues and Governing Bodies
NFL Lockout Watch, Day 54: Appeals Court Orders Case Expedited For June 3 Hearing
Published May 4, 2011
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NO-HUDDLE OFFENSE: NFL.com's Albert Breer reported the schedule is "extremely swift for the 8th Circuit, and the date for oral arguments is one that’s not on the normal hearing schedule -- a concession made to move things along." 8th Circuit Clerk Michael Gans said a case taken now "normally wouldn’t be heard until October or November and, for a Court of Appeals, that’s pretty quick." Breer noted expediting the hearing is "all-encompassing, meaning the ruling will be made as quickly as possible -- maybe as early as mid-June." In the meantime, court-ordered mediation between the two sides is "set to resume before U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan on May 16, after four days of talks last month and 16 days of federally mediated negotiations earlier this year." To date, "little progress has been reported" (NFL.com, 5/3). National Football Post President and ESPN NFL analyst Andrew Brandt said that the "expedited schedule was important." Brandt on Twitter said without it, the appeals court "could have gone months" before setting a date for the hearing (USATODAY.com, 5/3).