NFL.com news: Friday’s labor fight: What to expect in 8th Circuit courtroom

ST. LOUIS — NFL general counsel Jeff Pash said last week that he worried, without negotiation with the players, one court date would just lead to another. The parties restarted mediated talks this week, but Friday’s hearing before the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is a critical one because of timing.

Ultimately, the 8th Circuit’s ruling will be needed to send talks to the next level, and no matter the result, the losing party’s next step would be to push the labor dispute to the point where the 2011 NFL season could be in real peril. As much as the league-imposed lockout and union decertification have been painted as “nuclear options,” staying in court past the appeals court’s ruling (and the pending TV rights fee ruling from U.S. District Judge David Doty) really would be one.

We enlisted NFL Network legal expert Gabe Feldman, director of Tulane University’s Sports Law Program, to help guide us through what to look for in the courtroom.

via NFL.com news: Friday’s labor fight: What to expect in 8th Circuit courtroom.

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