Let the offseason of legal jabbing begin.
An preliminary injunction hearing, the first in the efforts to end the lockout, has been scheduled for April 6 in the court of Judge Susan Nelson. Nelson is a colleague of David Doty, a veteran of NFL labor hearings. The fact that he won’t oversee this latest round of proceedings comes as a shock to some.
Doty has overseen the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement for the past 20 years, and has found in favor of the players often enough that, a few years ago, the owners attempted to end his role with the CBA--a move that the players union objected to, and won.
Between now and April 6, owners are free to continue talks with the players’ union.
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