MIAMI GARDENS, FL - MARCH 03: A view of Sun Life Stadium behind a locked gate as the NFL lockout looms on March 3, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Another day came and went without a ruling from the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals regarding the stay of the injunction that Judge Nelson granted, which listed the lockout. What the delay is, we are not exactly sure. But just a day ago, a court clerk suggested that a ruling might not come at all, which would be, in a way, a ruling in and of itself.
Based on what some insiders are saying, many believe that the Court will inevitably rule for the league, keeping the lockout in place. However, Adam Schefter tweeted that, while many believe the league will win this small battle, that this decision still could go either way.
We all know that fans want the offseason to begin, regardless of the side they favor in the labor dispute. They are tired of the rhetoric and the posturing. The (we) want to see real negotiations being done and progress being made.
The players claim they want to be able to play, but they have a representative in DeMaurice Smith who is trying to completely destroy the infrastructure of the league. The owners keep repeating the message that they want to have football, but they are the ones locking out the players, thus ending football for the present time. Apparently, they only want football if they are making lots more money than before.
Either way, both sides are sending mixed signals.
The real shame continues to be that it looks like we will not see any relief for a couple of months unless somehow both sides can break through when mediation starts up again.