I know, I know, I know. You’re tired about reading all the NFL labor garbage. Believe me, I am too. I’m sorry, but I racked my brains all weekend to find something else to write about, but this was it. I can’t write about the draft prospects, because I don’t follow college football. But don’t worry, I will have a column about the Eagles draft needs on the week of the draft. So here I am stuck writing about the damn lockout again. But fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. The NFL labor battle has gone to court, and surprisingly, that could be very good news for us fans.
For those of you not following the daily ins and outs of the labor battle, let me tell you where it’s currently at. (You guys are the lucky ones.) The group formerly known as the NFLPA has filed an injunction against the league owners to end the lockout in federal court. Most sports legal observers believe based on how the hearing went, that Judge Susan Nelson is probably going to come down on the players’ side and order an injunction which will end the lockout in the next two weeks. But no matter which side wins, it’s going to be quickly appealed to the appellate court, and if the players win there again, the injunction will be upheld and the lockout will be over. (Hooray!) No one is sure how the appellate court will rule or how long it will take, but the current consensus is early June. (Still awake? It gets better, so stick with me.)
So right now, no matter which side you think is right or wrong, if you want football operations to start up again, you want the players to win the injunction. It will restart football business, most likely under last years rules. (But the owners would actually be able to implement whatever rules they want.) This will not mean that the players and owners have reached any kind of agreement on a new CBA, but after the way they’ve acted over the last month, I don’t care anymore. And neither should you.
An injunction to start football would be the best thing that could happen for the fans. The players and owners can keep beating each other up over ever minute issue they want and we don’t have to care. Because they will be preparing to play football. We can treat both sides the same way they’ve treated us since the lockout started. With a shrug, indifference, and complete apathy for anything they are fighting for.
It will be fantastic. Both sides can put out whatever press release they want, and we can ignore them. They can have a press conference but we do not have to listen. We can discuss the draft, free agency and mini-camps instead. We can get back to talking about all the things we love about football, and they can keep acting like impetuous children fighting over millions. We will finally have the ability to treat them the way that impetuous children deserve to be treated, by ignoring them.