Though we touched on it briefly last night on Cat Scratch Radio, we do have some solid updates from ESPN's Adam Schefter on what is scheduled to take place today in Minnesota.
- Both the NFL and NFLPA will have a maximum of 20 minutes to present their arguments.
- Though it is possible that Judge Susan Nelson could rule today, she could choose to take up to two weeks to make a ruling.
- Both sides have documents prepared to ask for a 'stay' in the event of being ruled against. This would freeze the proceedings, not allowing for free agency while the case is moved to the 8th circuit court of appeals in St. Louis.
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- Should the case head to the appellate court the current waiting period for a case to be heard is 45-60 days.
- There is a possibility the judge could rule that both sides need to return to the table and continue negotiations.
So, based on these possibilities what should NFL fans hope for? On the surface it would seem that ordering the sides back to negotiation would be best, but in reality the gap is so broad now it's likely the issue would wind up back in the courts system. Ideally we would have a ruling one way or another and this would head to the court of appeals. Though heading to the court of appeals would drag this out into June and begin to lose some of the key off-season events, like mini camps and OTAs.
As is stands nobody knows what would happen after the appeals process, but it appears that when both sides lose money, really lose money- like missing the start of the season, then and only then we will see some true results and a move towards a deal.