Well the hearing to lift the NFL lockout was held in St. Louis on Friday while we are waiting for a ruling to come from the 8th Circuit, we were left with something to ponder from one of the judges.
Before the conclusion of the hearing, Judge Kermit Bye urged both sides to come to an agreement on their own and told them that the court could very well deliver a ruling that neither side liked. Not being a lawyer, I had no idea what that could be.
Thankfully for me, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk is/was a lawyer and he has come up with a theory as to what a ruling both sides wouldn’t like might entail.
Check out Florio’s entire explanation over at PFT.
If Florio is right then a the ruling really wouldn’t give either side very much leverage. The NFL would have the slight advantage because they wouldn’t have to pay right away and the players probably couldn’t last an entire season without pay. That being said, if I was promised three times my salary for not working for a year, you can bet I’d be finding a couch to sleep on. While it is unlikely the players would take that route, it would be a scenario that I doubt the NFL would be willing to risk.
The writing for both sides has been on the wall for a few weeks now. It is time to make a deal and do it on their own. Unfortunately, both camps will probably wait for the courts ruling in hopes that a Hail Mary gets them the leverage they need. If that is going to be the case, let’s hope the 8th Circuit rules and rules quickly so we can put this mess behind us.