WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 11: NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith (3rd L, wearing hat) walks with a group of player representatives as they arrive for labor talks at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service building March 11, 2011 in Washington, DC. Representatives from the National Football League (NFL) and National Football League Players' Association (NFLPA) continue to negotiate a labor dispute as a deadline looms at the end of a seven day extension of talks. (Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images)
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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