NFL Lockout Arguments Start Today

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MAY 17: Linebacker Mike Vrabel (L) of the Kansas City Chiefs returns from lunch with NFL players' lawyers Barbara P. Berens, James Quinn and Jeffrey Kessler for court ordered mediation at the U.S. Courthouse on May 17, 2011 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As the NFL lockout remains in place mediation was ordered after a hearing on an antitrust lawsuit filed by NFL players against the NFL owners after labor talks between the two broke down in March. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Getting tired of hearing the words "NFL lockout" or "NFL labor"? 

Me too.

The good news is that it could soon be over with. The league and the players will descend upon St. Louis and the Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals this morning to make their arguments in the injunction appeal. 

In English: The NFL wants the lockout to remain in place because that gives the most leverage and the players want it lifted because that gives them the most leverage. Right or wrong, it's still about leverage.

So the Eighth Circuit will hear the case this morning and then likely take a few weeks to decide. Those in the business of predicting what judges will do say the owners are likely to come out on top.

We're hoping that, after today, the two sides continue their settlement talks and hammer out an agreement. The courts making a decision on the future is just a band-aid so we want them to come to an actual agreement so that we're not in this same position next year. 

The party kicks off at 10:00 a.m. this morning. Can't wait.

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