It was several months back when Rick Bates was conversing with the labor attorney about the CBA impasse that I first heard and then asked the question as to whether the real objective of the owners is get the jurisdiction changed to a more business friendly court than a pro labor court. Chris Pokorny gives a nice summary of the recent developments that seems to answer my question:
Players are confident that Nelson will grant the injunction to lift the lockout, which would allow them to return to work and for free agency to begin.
Owners, who also expect the injunction to be granted, believe they can get a stay from Nelson that will keep the league closed for business while they appeal to the Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.They think they have a better chance to prevail there before a court with a reputation for being business-friendly.
So the owners expect to be ruled against this Monday by lifting the lock out but they already plan to appeal. Its the 8th Circuit court that is their target. So basically all the mediation going on is really pointless other than maybe discussing ideas. But don't expect anything to get resolved until the appeal is ruled on which will be mid summer at the earliest (June - July) if not later.