Retired players muddy the water of a potential CBA

In what should be a week of renewed faith and potential excitement will now be mired in more legal jargon. Yesterday a group of retired NFL Players are filed a new suit against both the NFL and NFLPA  alleging that they have been squeezed out of negotiating, and that the interests of retired players were being ignored by both sides during the court ordered mediation. 

What does this mean? 

Essentially the retired players want an injunction to the court ordered mediation, essentially ensuring that talks are broken off until they get a seat at the table. To try and ensure their motion goes through the retired players are getting their motion heard in Judge Susan Nelson's court, who previously sided with the NFLPA only to have her lockout injunction overruled in the 8th circuit court pending appeals. 

More after the jump

Personally, the element that is most annoying about this latest suit is, why now? Surely retired players knew prior to July 4th that they were absent from these talks, so why wait until essentially the 11th hr to try and gum up the works? Furthermore, almost every rumor about the framework of a CBA seems to include overall improvements to the financial and medical compensation of retired players.

Time will tell what happens next

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