It has been two weeks since the NFL lockout case has been on the table at the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, and there has still been no ruling on the NFL’s request for a stay of Judge Susan Richard Nelson’s Disctrict Court decision. Obviously we were all hoping that we would know more by now, but that’s just not the way these things work. The earliest a decision could come would be Monday, but many insiders believe that the court may stay silent until the appeal is heard on June 3. The two sides will be back in mediation on Monday, so there could be some new developments early next week, but I doubt it.
Don’t be shocked if we all stay in limbo for a few more weeks, because it seems to me like the judges have no desire to make a ruling before then. Unfortunately, the longer this thing drags on in the courts, the more time is misses and the greater the potential for there to be missed time in the upcoming season. I was hoping that we would at least have seen some progression in this whole thing by now, and the fact that the two sides seem to be farther apart than ever makes me even more nervous. This thing is a long way from being resolved, so get comfortable, because we aren’t going anywhere any time soon.