Earlier today, U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeanne Graham ruled against the NFL owners’ request for more time to file a response with the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals regarding the players’ antitrust suit against the league. The owners had originally requested an extra month – until July 6 – to formally respond to the players’ recently amended lawsuit against the NFL, but Graham, acknowledging that there are “significant factors weighing strongly in favor of moving forward with…the case,” squashed the motion and notified owners that they have until June 6th, the original deadline, to file their response.
Also today, the New York Times reported that owners have postponed designating the site of the 2015 Superbowl – an action usually taken at league meetings around this time of the year- until the fall, instead choosing to focus their meetings on lockout strategies and proposed rule changes. I wonder if one of those “lockout strategies” includes delaying everything they can – from court cases to legal memos to Superbowl city selection – in an effort to bleed out the players and force them to renegotiate their deals out of pure, financial desperation. To keep players from getting paid for as long as possible by tying up both court cases in legal minutia and filing writs and appeals to postpone trial dates for weeks or even months. Oh wait. They’ve been doing that from the start.