The ruling on the NFL lockout is expected on Monday, according to various reports.
Judge Susan Nelson held the initial hearing on the NFLPA's move to lift the lockout over two weeks ago and said it would take a "couple weeks" for her to make a decision. Last week, reports surfaced that the ruling would be coming down on Monday.
Though no one knows which way she'll rule the early predictions are that it'll be in favor of the players. That means that she would lift the lockout. The NFL then would appeal, as would the NFLPA is the ruling went in favor of the league.
The question is whether Nelson will lift the lockout during the appeal or keep it in place during the appeal. If she keeps it lifted, then we could be seeing our regular offseason coming back -- free agency, trades, etc. That's what I'm hoping for because, frankly, an offseason without free agency isn't a very fun one.
Judge Nelson has a lot of leeway here and the thing to keep in mind is that no one really knows which way she'll rule and, if she does rule a certain way, what the provisions of her ruling will be. She has a lot of room to make a decision.
Either way, I just want some sort of decision so we can take the next step to getting football back.