The 2011 NFL regular season schedule is set to kick off in 100 days but thanks to the NFL lockout we're not sure if those opening weekend games will even be played. The lockout continues to muddy all offseason discussions.
This week, on June 3, the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments from the NFLPA and the NFL as to whether the lockout should be lifted. The NFL of course wants it to remain in place because that would mean they'd hold significant leverage over the players. The last we heard from the Eighth Circuit strongly suggested the court would rule for the owners. The players of course want the lockout to be lifted so that they can go back to work.
If the courts decide to keep the lockout in place, then the future of the sport is in danger. That means that we wouldn't see football until the two sides worked out a deal (instead of waiting on the courts). In that scenario, a lot people think the season would be delayed.
If the courts decide to lift the lockout, then we're expected to quickly see the return of football.
The appeal will be heard on June 3 but a decision may not come for a few weeks, or even a month.