With a crucial courtroom victory locked up, NFL owners will reconvene in Indianapolis this week for their annual spring meetings. This year, rather than discussing issues related to the league’s on-field product, such as rule changes, the league will spend this round of meetings talking strategy as the labor impasse carries on.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said recently that owners will be kept abreast of all developments with regard to “the labor situation and various business reports.” The lockout is currently in its 72nd day.
"The sooner we get back to the negotiating table the more we can address those issues in a timely fashion and get to what everybody wants, which is football," Aiello said, per ABC News. "In the meantime, we've done everything to prepare for 2011."
Until the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals determines the legality of the lockout, there won’t likely be much in the way of progress between the two sides, despite Commissioner Roger Goodell’s persistent calls for face-to-face contact between players and owners.
The NFL’s full appeal of the injunction will be heard on June 3, in the Eight Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis--and, judging by the language in the courts’ latest ruling, the owners have a good shot of winning their appeal.
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