Just in time for draft week, U.S. District Judge Susan “yes my middle name is a dude’s name” Richard Nelson has ordered an end to the NFL lockout. Citing that she was swayed by the players’ arguments that the lockout was harming their careers, duh, she ordered the termination of the lockout “with extreme prejudice.” She didn’t really say that, but it would have been a lot cooler if she did. I apologize for my heavy sarcasm so far, but although very kind of Judge Nelson to step in and attempt to force a 2011 season, I’m not holding my breath. She’s probably a Cowboys fan anyways.
Obviously the lockout is hurting players’ careers. The same could have been said for government employees if a government shut-down had actually occurred. However unlike the lockout, a shut-down did not occur, so does this mean that Republicans and Democrats work better with each other than NFL owners and players? This might be a sign of the apocalypse. Obviously Judge Nelson has the authority and power to end the lockout. The black robe she wears and that gavel thingy entitles her to do so. However, we all know that judgments by federal judges are just empty words, more of a suggested course of action than anything else. Just look to the Florida ruling on the national health care plan which isn’t being followed, not to bring politics into the mix. The sad truth is that Judge Nelson can preach, but the NFL doesn’t have to listen.
The AP reports that “The NFL even argued to Nelson that stopping the lockout would open all 32 teams up to additional antitrust claims simply for working together to solve the labor dispute. Antitrust claims carry triple damages for any harm proven, meaning hundreds of millions of dollars are at stake.” Is this just another sign that unions are evil? Sorry, I said no politics, didn’t I? Really, in layman’s terms, all this means is that there will be an appeal, followed by mediation, followed by more bickering, followed by no 2011 season. Judge Nelson will have to wait until 2012 for the Cowboys to stink. End of story. Or is it? (Queue ominous foreboding music)