Well, that didn't take long.
Mediation between the NFL owners and players has ended -- for now. Albert Breer of NFL Network reports that the two sides have adjourned until May 16.
We're not quite sure what this means. Not many people thought the two sides would come to an agreement via mediation, whether that was this week or next month. But at the very least I liked having the two sides talking. There's still a bit of optimism in me so I would prefer that they continue to hash out whatever they need to hash out.
In the interim, Judge Susan Nelson will presumably make a decision on the motion to end the lockout, at which point the other side would likely appeal. Exactly two weeks ago, she said a decision would come down in a couple of weeks so we should be hearing something relatively soon.
At this point, I want some sort of decision. We're a long ways away from having any finality to this situation but Nelson's ruling could help us take another step to ending it.