Judge Susan Nelson's lifted the NFL lockout on Monday, siding with the players and against the NFL.
It was a decision met by two distinctly different reactions from both sides, with the NFL slamming the ruling, as expected.
Also not surprising, that Roger Goodell would respond via the most corporate fat-catty way possible...a Wall Street Journal editorial piece.
Rather than address the challenge of improving the collective-bargaining agreement for the benefit of the game, the union-financed lawsuit attacks virtually every aspect of the current system including the draft, the salary cap and free-agency rules, which collectively have been responsible for the quality and popularity of the game for nearly two decades. A union victory threatens to overturn the carefully constructed system of competitive balance that makes NFL games and championship races so unpredictable and exciting.
Goodell goes on to explain that, in a nutshell, if the players get their way the sport will crumble like the Roman Empire.
That the piece is titled, "Football's Future If the Players Win" only drives home the message even further that the line in the sand being drawn between the two groups is the kind it's going to take years to repair.
Stay with our NFL lockout StoryStream for more reaction as it becomes available.