Aside from players being allowed to enter team facilities, not much has changed since Judge Susan Richard Nelson ordered the lockout to be lifted on Monday; though they can enter, players are still unable to work out at team facilities, they are prohibited from contact with coaches and, to be sure, the labor impasse between the two sides remains murky for us outsiders, if not all involved.
Owners filed an appeal yesterday as we knew they would, which has left the two sides in limbo.
All of which is to say, we know little more about the likelihood of an uninterrupted 2011 season than we did before Monday, when Judge Nelson made her predictable ruling on the legality of owners locking out after the players’ union had decertified.
Some folks around the league remain optimistic, though, and this list includes Cowboys chief operating officer and executive vice president Stephen Jones. Jones told 105.3 The Fan recently that, in his opinion, an uninterrupted season was all but a sure thing.
“Right now I feel like it’s 99.9,” Jones said. “We feel like there’s going to be football; we feel like it’s going to be uninterrupted. We’re positive that, as we move forward here and these things play out, we’ll ultimately have a deal.”
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