On Friday morning the Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that the NFL lockout was legal which was seen as a win for the owners, who are implementing the lockout. We suspected that, in the grand scheme of things, the ruling doesn't mean a whole lot because the two sides still want to get a deal done quickly in order to preserve the preseason and the roughly $800 million in revenue that comes along with it.
For once, it appears we were right. The NFL and NFLPA issued a joint statement
indicating that the Eighth Circuit's ruling doesn't change the state of negotiations between the owners and players.
While we respect the court's decision, today's ruling does not change our mutual recognition that this matter must be resolved through negotiation. We are committed to our current discussions and reaching a fair agreement that will benefit all parties for years to come and allow for a full 2011 season.
If they truly mean this, it's a good thing. I think both sides should almost forget about this ruling, continue their negotiations, and come to an agreement as soon as possible. That makes life significantly easier (and more profitable) on everyone.