NFL Lockout: Judge's Decision 'A Couple Of Weeks' Away

Yesterday U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson heard arguments form the NFL and players, on the legality of the owners lockout. She indicated that her ruling could take " A couple of weeks", and advised the parties to resume negotiations. She stated that, "both sides are at risk and this is a very good time for you to come back to the table."

Of course it appears unlikely that her advice will be taken. The sides have not met since March 11, and cannot even agree to terms for resuming negotiations. In fact so trenchant and polarized are the two parties, they even disagree on what Judge Nelson (insert your own Judd Nelson joke here) meant when she advised the parties to resume negotiations.

 David Boies, the NFL’s attorney said after court, "These kinds of matters ought to be settled at the collective bargaining table and not in a federal court,"

But players attorneys maintain the judge meant, "litigation settlement discussions, not collective bargaining."

Regardless of what side the judge's ruling favors, the other side is expected to file an immediate appeal.

The league also has a claim with the National Labor Relations Board to investigate their contention that the players union decertification was invalid. Boies suggested that the judge was obligated to wait on the conclusion of that investigation, before reaching her decision. A suggestion the judge seemed to dismiss.

SB Nation Chicago will continue to follow this story and provide updates as they become available.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Chicago

You must be a member of SB Nation Chicago to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Chicago. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Chicago

You must be a member of SB Nation Chicago to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Chicago. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.